This story was not my favorite. All in all it is a story of loss and loyalty, but each portion of this story is very drawn out.
I wish there was more I could say about this one, but it is not one i would highly recommend.
The narration was amazing and I am shocked by how many negative reviews there were. This story is set in Australia, so having an Australian narrator lends authenticity and dimension that could not have otherwise been accomplished.
The story is well written with characters that become complex and touching at the same time. I loved it from the first moment to the last and I would highly recommend this book.
The description of Western Australian live style in the time after WW1
There were lots of them - the time when the boat washed up on Janus Island, the baptism day, ... the end
I loved the story, a lovely love story of a man for his wife, a mother for her child, the love of solitude which some may find surprising and the bond of love between parent and child that exisits long after. I was not expecting the flow of tears that surfaced as I listened to chapter 37, but the emotions were so genuinely unexpected, that they were also welcomed as a final release that had been subdued. Thank you, M.L. Stedman and Noah Taylor!
The narrator does all of the narration in a mumbled whisper. Even with noise canceling headphones, I could not hear him! I had friends listen and they all agreed that narrator did a poor job as he whispers and mumbles. He does fine when he does characters speaking. However, his narration was totally unacceptable and annoying.
Have the narrator not mumble and whisper when he narrates
The story seems good. I wish I had purchased the book. The audio version was a huge disappointment... asking for my money back
You know when something is wrong but emotions somehow make it appear "right"?.... This book pulls you into the characters and their flaws but deep emotional needs... I was touched by the story until the lady moment. Noah Taylor ... AWESOME
It is a great story, well told, in an interesting setting and time period. No matter where it takes place and what it's about, the story is wonderfully gripping, though heartbreaking too
The last chapter.
He speaks softly and has a strong Australian accent, which I thought was beautifully authentic. MANY reviewers struggle with it, blaming his soft tone and his tendency to swallow ends of sentences but though I thought it took some adjusting to get used to, it paid off. If you have trouble with accents, probably should avoid. But I liked him (though occasionally needed to play back a sentence here and there)