I have read other McEwan's books and enjoyed them much more.
Found the book just dragged along and now, about a week later, can't even remember the ending.
The point of view is first person and she is not likable. She does not have any ethics and makes poor decisions, then feels treated unfairly. we stopped listening because the main character was inane.
It took way to long to develop. I was ready to quit many times. It became interesting with about 1.5 hours left. Nice use of language but I was relieved when it ended.
teacher & book lover
I thought this would be a female spy adventure. It's not. NOTHING happens in the whole book. So boring.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was very well written, had an interesting ending and was wonderfully narrated. It was the whole package.
The narrator is pretty good but the story is so annoying - because the main character is so annoying. I'm assuming she must be gorgeous because I cannot imagine another reason why any of the men in the story want to spend time with her. There seem to be no women in her life which is perhaps not surprising; she's endlessly self-reflective and self-absorbed and thinks of no one but herself.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I didn't see it coming. And I am so glad. Ian McEwan has crafted an amazing story that is very, very unique. During the first hour or so, I wondered if the narrator (a slightly vain beauty) really had a story to tell. But I stayed tuned and of course, the story became irresistible.
Not much can be written here without giving it away, but DO listen all the way through and you will be pleased and surprised by the turn of events when the worlds of literature and covert operations intersect.
This book has a soft tone, it made me unsure it would grab me, but eventually, it did. There were times i thought "where's this going?", but get there it does... and quite well. Not for those who need a ton of action, but recommended.
It was a story about a woman that wanted everyone to like her. We needed to listen to her various sexcapades including short stories about everybody else's lives of misery written by the authors she was investigating.
I was looking for a good novel incorporating life in the 1970s with some of the mystery and suspense that you would anticipate from the British MI5's. This book did not even come close.