“I discovered books and read forever,” - John Adams
The narration really ruined this book for me. I do not think I've ever had that happen before with an audiobook.
The book itself was not my favorite, but the narrator did not vary his voice enough to add emphasis or pause where required. It made me zone out and have to go back and re-listen to sections. The story was morally complex, but I failed to find connection with any of the characters. Despite some pretty heart wrenching events happening, I had almost no emotional reaction to this story at all.
No judgment is placed on any of the characters. You get to decide for yourself. Also, the imagery was incredible.
At first I did not like Noah's speech idiosyncrasies, and found him to be boring. After about halfway through, I felt like he was the perfect person for this story. I liked his soothing tone and different impersonations.
No, too much imagery to take in all at once.
Get through the first bit, and you won't regret it!
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.
Yes and no - the story was really wonderful - the twists and turns the book took were representative of the realistic consequences of the actions taken by the characters. However the narrator was really challenging to understand!
The narrator spoke so quietly in some of the narration that the combination of lower volume and his accent made it almost impossible to understand what he was saying.