Beautiful but heartbreaking story about doing the right thing. Sadness offset by the thoughts it causes you to contemplate. Narrator was a bit difficult to understand, but authentic. Try .75x speed.
I enjoyed the story although sad. It made me appreciate motherhood , a gift squandered by too many. I had difficulty with the accent at times, that was the only drawback.
Will have to see movie instead of listening to it. Not sure what they were thinking. This guy sounds like he is on speed with mush I. His mouth!
I started by being irritated by the narration of this story partly because of the reviews I had read - a style that I would consider to be unusually festinant: But I eventually became accustomed to it and it took on the character of the central subject with his lugubrious way of storytelling. - the loner, the misunderstood, the villain that never was, the constant husband. His suppressed passion coming from an austere childhood and memories of the trenches in France. It was such a deeply sad story especially for anyone who has lost a child will relate to this. Little Lucy reminds us all that we have little control of our destiny whether or not we are loved greatly. But there was a resolution of sorts. Time healed something if this solution came in a parallel world. Unusually, I may go to this film to see if 'Tom' is re-created or totally remodelled. If he is, I may indeed now be disappointed. He (the narrator) seemed in the end to be an integral part of this book. A different Aussie than the stereotype. But whether you listen or read this book, although not literary, this is quite a special story you might not forget in a hurry.
The story was slow, at times it teased you to hang in it will get better but pretty much sad sack to the end.
Performance was bland flat and forgettable
This book is filled with emotion- heart, joy, sadness and the struggle to forgive; it is a true example of the human spirit. My husband finished it first and told me he cried like a baby.. And I will admit I teased him until the day it got to me and I was sitting there with tears just streaming down my face. One of the best we have listened to.
I started reading this book, and then due to eye surgery needed to finish it in audio. The reader was wonderful, and of course the book is so rich with descriptions, I was fully engrossed.
Tears were streaming down my face at the end, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. The readers Australian added to the enjoyment.
Beautiful words and so wonderfully read. I highly recommend listening to this. It will stay with you for a long time.
No. Unfortunately, due to the sound quality and the narrator's Australian accent I was constantly tuning up and down (I mean up to MAX!) to hear 65% of this book. It was more than frustrating. The parts where the sound was consistent, I really enjoyed having the narrator adding the authenticity of his accent to the Australian story line.
How so many people involved suffered from the actions of 2 lonely adults.
I felt so strongly for Lucy Grace, as well as the adults in her life.