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!
Absolutely. But I don't understand the comparisons to Gone Girl. This book was ten times better and much more realistic. You could actually put yourselves in the characters shoes and ask yourself what you would do
When Paul is called to the principle's office.
This was hands down the best narration of any audiobook I've ever listened too.
I listen to audio books while driving or doing things and then switch to the e book when I can sit down to read since its much faster to actually read it yourself. In this case I stopped reading and merely listened. The narration was perfection.
If you're looking for action/adventure/thriller this isn't the book for you. This is a people book. What do people do? What would I do? What in the world were they thinking? Reading this book you will know what at least one person was thinking, but you may never know exactly why he thought that way. I will think and wonder about the characters in this book for a long time.
This book could have taken about 30 minutes but was 9 hours. Repeating the same story or the same sentence was to much.
I'm a mom of a busy 10 year old daughter, manage a demanding career and depending on my morning read during my commute to improve my happiness!
This book takes place over a dinner hosted by a famous politician for his wife, brother and sister-in-law. It's narrated from the brother's point of view. The family keeps up pretensions all while a dark secret slowly emerges over the course of the evening. It has some humor, it's well written, the narrator is good, and the plot is unique and fresh, but it was just not that entertaining or thought provoking.
I had heard about this book but was a little hesitant since it was translated from another language; I wondered if anything would be "lost in translation". Not at all. It's a different, (and a bit disturbing) look at just how far parents will go these days to protect their children. The book rambles a bit in the middle, but overall it is well written. And Clive Mantle NAILS it as the narrator - he is a 10!
No, never read twice, but loved it.
Wonderful accents, intonation. Compassion for characters.
Laughed out loud at the critique of the restaurant.
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.
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.