What a wonderful book! The narrator was fantastic, he read the prose like poetry, gorgeous! The story is realistic and captivating, and filled with characters I had compassion for. I would highly recommend this book, and particularly the narrator.
No. the narration was too poor. I thought seriously about getting the book and giving up on the audio version. The performance really impacted my overall rating.
almost anyone. He mumbles and drops his voice frequently at the end of sentences. Had to rewind many times to get what was being said. It's quite possible I missed details of the story as a result.
The visit at the end, but don't want to spoil it for those yet to listen.
In the beginning, I also struggled with the fact that the narrator has a thick Australian accent. But at some point, I became accustomed to his voice and his speech patterns. I thought that Noah Taylor added a lot to the story, because it is set in Australia. Listening to an Australian read it made me feel as if I actually were in Australia listening to a story about something that had happened there.
A moral conflict was presented, and the story showed that that "doing the right thing" is not always a crystal clear choice .A strong case can be made for all of the central characters actions, even though some characters felt that what Isabel and Tom did was wrong.
Isabel was my favorite, because she had a lively, spirited personality and a great capacity for love.
The story of two mothers and their love for the same child
I am a chaplain at a local hospital. I belong to a book club. When I'm not at work I play handbells and sew.
I might give Stedman another chance, but I am not interested in hearing Noah Taylor again. During the book I kept wondering when he was going to wake up and tell a story. I think there was a story in this book. Noah read as if he were reciting the Periodic Table. Perhaps that is the way men talked after the war, or perhaps Noah was trying to tell us just how wounded Tom is.
What I liked best about this story was the end. It did seem right that Lucy Grace wanted to find these people and have a relationship.
Steve Martin, forget about trying to duplicate the Aussie accent.
I don't see this book as a movie. The characters were too flat. I'm trying to decide if it was the writing or the way it was read.
I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I was very impressed with her writing style and the way she described events, people and feelings. This book was a let down from that.
Probably not from either. However, it is hard to judge the writing when the narration is so unintelligible. An Australian accent is one thing, and would undoubtedly add to the authenticity of the narration. This narrator, however, speaks as though he has a mouth full of marbles and trails off to a whisper at the end of most sentences. I am halfway through the book and honestly feel as though I have missed much of the nuance and detail that would fully form the characters.
Possibly, with a different narrator.
Yes. I was intrigued by the human element and the moral dilemma the couple were confronted with.
No - not for listening to anyway.
I might recommend reading the book, but not listening to it.
I just couldn't understand his accent. It was very frustrating to try so hard to understand the narration, and still only catch half of it.
A different narrator may have made all the difference.
I gave up trying to listen to this novel. I bought the book and read it. The narrator was simply unintelligible. His accent was a challenge but his soft mumbling narration made it impossible for me to hear.
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
The characters were well developed.
I definitely enjoyed this book. Good, not great. The ending was ok but could've been better.
This book was enjoyable and gave me something to think about. If I were in this situation, what would I do, how would I feel, would I have made the choice to be in this situation being desperate as this couple was?
I am American -all the way- I can understand a lot of British but that being said, it took me a little while to get into the narration by Noah Taylor. I found some words just hard to understand.