No, never read twice, but loved it.
Wonderful accents, intonation. Compassion for characters.
Laughed out loud at the critique of the restaurant.
I got this because it had been billed as a "European Gone Girl." It was not. It was badly written drivel. His supposedly brilliant descriptive passages dragged on and on. The characters (all of them) were completely detestable from the word go. At least with Gone Girl you start out liking the characters and then not liking them and ultimately kind of ambivalent. The author tried desperately to get us to like or at least some of the motivation for some of the things that happen but I never liked any of them.
Seems unlikely. The whole thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth and not just because of the events in the actual story. I can deal with dramatic horror. This just left me feeling manipulated.
The whole first section in which he goes on ad nauseum about the food, the restaurant and the patrons.
I think the narrator tried to add extra "drama" by slowing down his reading when things were supposed to feel "suspenseful." It was more annoying than effective.
I finished this book because I "paid" for it with one of my credits. But I would suggest saving credits for something more worthwhile.
The narrator was fabulous, loved his voice and could have listened to him for days, in fact, because of his voice I listened longer that I would normally.
No, just this particular author.
His narration was pretty good.
I kept waiting for something more revealing.
I heard an interview with this author on NPR. It sounded interesting as the host did not want to divulge too much and ruin the book. Throughout the book it felt like it was building to some sort of twist or something interesting...and it never really got there.
Lots of narrative, but not much story. The real story line doesn't begin until you're two-thirds through the book and then the story itself is not very interesting.
The narration is very good and Mr. Mantle's voice & accent are pleasant and additive to an otherwise boring book.
This audiobook ranks in my list of top 10, with its twists in the plot and overall storyline.
I rarely get to listen to books in one sitting, but I looked forward to listening during my morning workout or commute.
I can completely understand readers that have loved this book as much as I did...along with the readers that abandoned this book before finishing or hate it. I completely understand both sides.
This book creeps along in a seemingly typical foreign tale of an uncomfortable dinner then hits on a topics that wouldn't have been considered twenty years ago. Few modern parents would ever wonder, out of the blue, where they personally would stand. Sadly, there are a growing number of parents making them. These hard family and personal decisions made in split seconds. The thought alone makes me shutter and allowed me again to thank God, and my son, that I NEVER came close to a similar decision. Listening to this book was riveting...spellbinding. I couldn't turn it off at times. My brain from couldn’t stop thinking about it when I wasn't able to listen.
The narration is perfection. There were several hysterically funny scenes that brought tears of laughter, along with those of utter shock. The Dinner is the perfect book for a book club or any discussion group that wants a topic where there will be a LOT of discussion.
I love books and animals. I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
This was an interesting book, however a few things held it back in my opinion.
The best aspect:
-I enjoyed the unreliable narrator, this gave the first person point-of-view credibility. This also gave the main character Paul, credibility.
-The author does a good job of giving the reader details of the world and it's characters. The character fixates on details that create interesting scenes in our imaginations.
-The narrator did a great job reading this book. I enjoyed his voices, accent, and inflections.
The worst aspect:
-We slowly see this family unravel, too slowly. The entire book literally takes place during one dinner. There are flashback to feed us information, but the constraint of one evening is tedious.
-A little confusing. Even though the entire book is essentially this one evening, I found myself lost in the timeline with all the flashbacks.
Overall, if you want to try something different, read this. It is an interesting book, there are great descriptions and dialogue. However, if you are like me, you might find yourself annoyed with the tedious aspect of spending nearly nine hours with this family during this meal. Although, I think the author did this intentionally to create restlessness in the reader so we understand the main characters feelings.
I have seen many reviews comparing this to Gillian Flynn's work of Gone Girl, I do not see it. The pacing and development of Gone Girl was much faster and interesting than this book.
The audible edition of this book was narrated by a very whiney-voiced man that made me want to quit reading it, but that is not easy for me to do. So I struggled through with the aggravating voice and frequent unnecessary descriptions to reach the somewhat vague conclusion to a book that I am thankful was not too long.
No for the author. Perhaps for the narrator.
What exactly is this genre? But no. I choose each book on it's own merits despite genre.
Maybe in the end but after two hours and 45 minutes I just couldn't listen any longer.
This book was so boring and drawn out. I thought the story line was interesting so I tried to stick with it hoping it would get better. I wish I would have read all of the reviews instead of just the first few. Lesson learned!