It took me till chapter 25-30 before I started to like this book. For me, the characters seemed unrelatable- but that's just me I'm sure. I caught the big final twist way back when Joseph was hospitalized and it bothered me from that point on, but at least in the end it was covered. I guess I just wasn't as surprised by the plot twist as I hoped to be. I do feel that the side story- Anya's story- was essential and in the first 25 chapters it was the only reason I kept going. I would still recommend this book but only if you don't have anything else in mind to listen to.
this book goes on and on way too long with detail so gruesome I had to fast forward it through some. also goes on and on with boring detail. after all that, the ending was disappointing and did not wrap up all of the plot. it had a fantasy side plot that was silly and just drug everything out longer.
No, the narrators sounded like they were in different rooms not responding to one another. This is a problem that audiobook editors seem not to get when listening to the performance, I tried listening, but had to give up.
Just another narrator, there are a number of really poor narrator's. I speak from experience I've purchased over 200 books. It is just amazing that whoever puts the audiobooks together do such a poor job with narrators!
Having read a boat-load of murder mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels, I am always pleased when an author surprises me with an ending that I had not anticipated. The topic of this book is an extremely sensitive one and it was a tad too long...chapters could have been removed without distroying the message. But I still very much enjoyed it . I particularly enjoyed Sage's breadmaking description. Delightful. The narrator is excellent...not too over-the-top!
I'm a big Picoult fan, but this book represents a significant departure from her usual character-driven, "moral dilemma" tale.
The book is well-written and reasonably well-narrated (I didn't care for the female reader's attempt at male dialogue, but it wasn't terrible), but I found the story to be lacking in Picoult's usual intensity.
The moral dilemma, while present, isn't a driving force. Much time is spent on a fantasy story told by one of the characters. The protagonist strikes me as too weak, unrealistically lacking in confidence.
On the bright side, the fictionalized retelling of one character's experience with Nazi occupation in WWII is excellent. Picoult covers not just the death camps, but also the long constriction of freedoms that led up to that extreme. Definitely my favorite aspect of that book.
That said, I listened to most of the story while on a long road trip. I'm now just 30 minutes from the end, and I can't say that I feel terribly compelled to finish. Nope, not even to hear the resolution of the moral dilemma. The history part is over and I've lost interest.
I felt like I was watching a movie or living the book out. Great accents and clear distinction between characters. Couldn't stop listening! Kept me engaged for 18 hours!
Love all Jodi Picoult books and her immense details. Great twist and kept me engaged for 18 hours!
I have not.
It will pull on your emotions but in a good way.
The only thing that shone brighter than the wonderful story and the outstanding performance were the amazing details, vivid historical accuracies.