I had been wanted to read this book for a while now, but regret buying the audio book. I felt like I missed a third of the story because the reader trailed off at the end of sentences and at time mumbled through words. I've listened to many books with Australian or British accents, but never struggled to understand what they were saying as much as this book. While I liked the story overall, I can't help feeling I missed things in the audio version. Disappointing.
at least about the narrator, I had zero trouble understanding or listening to him. I did find myself kind of wandering away from the story at times though as it gets very lengthy and doesn't necessarily add to the story. overall it's a worthy listen but I probably would have preferred to read it myself
The narrator was very difficult to understand at first. I finally felt comfortable listening to the story about halfway through. I understand he is authentic but might be difficult for some readers to listen to for extended periods. Overall the story is sad and then sadder and finally saddest. Personally not one of my favorites.
I had a headache while listening to the book. The narrator is horrible, I was straining to understand what he is saying, mumbling and tracing off at the end of sentences. I really hated the experience.
EVERYTHING. A man should not be performing at all. First, he sounds like he haven't eaten for a week, too soft-spoken and mumbling. As he gets to the end of a sentence, I can barely catch what he's saying, leaving me very frustrated. As a narrator, one has to be speaking in a clear and engaging voice, not something that I found in this audio book. Most of the time I listen to books while driving, it leaves me 10-25 uninterrupted minutes 3-4 times a day. Today I absolutely hated my commute, the book was playing on the loudest setting and it seemed like words where lost in a background.
Can I return this audible? I lasted 1.5 hrs and I can't take anymore of this horrible narration.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I absolutely loved this devastatingly sad and unique story. M. L. Stedman told me a story of love, tragedy, perseverance. She allowed me to love characters who did terrible things. She gave Tom a strength of character that I wish to emulate. This story made me tear up more than once and I found myself questioning what was the right outcome. Logically I knew the answer but my heart shattered into a million pieces when the right thing happened. Ms. Stedman allowed me to grieve the three babies I miscarried right along with her characters. She deftly handled my emotions and pulled me along ... my heart was in her hands.
All of that makes this story sound like a sappy love story, and I suppose that in some ways it is. But it is truly more of a story of humanity: it is a story that illustrates just how bad good people can be.
I notice that many reviewers have said how much they disliked the narration, but I disagree. I found Noah Taylor's narration to be quiet and subtle. It was nuanced and gentle. All of this is perfect for the story, in my opinion. This story is one of light and shade; it is a quiet story which deserves quiet narration.
While listening to this book, I felt transported to a different place and time. The descriptions of the lighthouse and Austrailia are written beautifully. The story takes enough time to develop the characters so that you care about them and can feel pity for them when they face the consequences of their choices. This is a story where the antagonist is chance and the unpredictability of life.
I loved the way that the stories of the characters were intertwined. The truth of the relationships, the consequences of acting our of love, and the ultimate forgiveness of oneself, made this book memorable.
I loved listening to Noah Taylor read with his accent. His reading took the experience of the book to a whole new level.
The narration is dreadful! Noah Taylor is an actor by profession and this is the best he could do? Come on, I expect a lot better from a professional narrator.
I felt touched. If I say anything else it will reveal spoilers and I've been warned in this question not to reveal spoilers.
Where to begin? My following dislikes are not necessarily in order: Mumbling and/or speaking so fast I could not understand most of what he was reading, dropping the ending of words, irregular cadence, sounds bored. A better narrator with an Australian accent could have turned out an understandable narration.
All of the above, plus sympathy. Losing two babies to miscarriage and one to a stillborn birth is rough. It can mess with anyone's head. Isabel and Tom had no extended family or other people present on Janus Rock to help them with their losses. Sympathy for Hannah on the loss of her beloved husband, Frank, and her not knowing the fate of her husband and baby daughter.
I liked Tom's character and wish he could appear in a better novel. I found Tom's character diminished by the author. I think the book needed editing, as it rambled on to much at times. I did enjoy what I interpreted as metaphors: The isolation of Janus Rock to the mainland and same for Tom and Isabel; Tom felt removed from the world due to his war experiences and Isabel on the war related deaths of her two brothers. My review headline reflects my sympathies to Tom for having had the awful war experiences, loss of babies, seeing his wife suffer through the miscarriages and stillborn birth. Tom feeling torn about reporting the boat and trying to make Isabel happy. Most men want to make their wives happy and it pains them to see their wives suffering, Remember, men are problem solvers!
By the way, this review is written by a woman.
This is a beautiful story about the relationship between a husband and wife and the strong Bond a mother feels towards her child. The story goes on about choices made and consequences that result for several families. I love the storyline however this would've been better to read in a book than listening to as the narrator spoke so softly throughout the story that I found myself cranking the volume to the highest level and rewinding so I could hear things he was saying.