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.
Yes...the NARRATOR! He was just the worst I've heard and I will never buy another book that he narrates. It was really too bad because your thoughts were foremost on the poor narration and not the content of the story.
Since I am from Maine and grew up around lighthouses, I envisioned the story taking place right here at one of our lighthouses. The story itself was pretty good and it made me wonder what I would do in the same circumstance...would I keep the child and the secret or give up the child and my heart?
He started his sentences with an okay volume, then just droned down into a mumble at the end of almost every sentence. I thought I could get use to his voice, but it was just awful. Many times I replayed sections because he was so mumbly...sounded like he had just woken from sleep!
Probably not. It's difficult to conceive how this book could have appealed to me, simply because I don't think I fit in the demographic to which it's marketed. Perhaps, more precise information regarding the main male protagonist's wartime experience. Or some other level of intrigue other than that which was provided by the core story.
There was no particularly memorable moment except for my few inner outbursts of frustration at the book slamming me in the brain with it's main emotional theme - i.e. that special sense of loss only a mother can feel when she loses a child, at birth or otherwise. It seemed much or even most of the book was simply attempting to recreate that emotion... for hours... in whoever the book had managed to corner. Ok, if you're inclined to relate, but some audiences, once they get the idea has been satisfactorily conveyed once, will not feel inclined to have the concept reiterated in various forms for 100's of pages on end.
An accent. Though at times I found him somewhat repetitive, unfortunately.
Become a loving mother? Alas this dream has ended before it began, being male and all...
If you just don't care that much about babies and mommy issues, don't read this book. It's more or less all you're going to get. The story itself is simplistic and relatively quickly presumed by the reader, which limits the books ability to truly surprise, resulting it in being somewhat grinding, especially if you find yourself unable or unwilling to appreciate the book's core theme. Otherwise, very well written - hence my giving it 3 stars as opposed to 0.
I would be careful about another from this author, but never again from this narrator.
Overwhelming and hopeless sadness. Not really likeable characters, thought somewhat sympathetic.
Tone of voice - sad throughout. Every sentence meant to be a tear jerker. Could not wait for this book to end. If it weren't a book club choice, I never would have finished.