The narrators did a fabulous job of bringing this wonderful story to life.
The last minutes. I suspected the ending but was in denial all along.
Historical mystery of magnificent proportions
This is one of the best novels you will ever read/hear. Don't miss it.
First, thank you Jodi Picoult for the multiple narrators who were all excellent readers! More authors should do this. It's much easier for the listener, in particular when there are several time lines and characters.
This was my first Picoult listen and I was not disappointed. Excellent story, well written, interesting characters.
Part of the story is about the Holocaust as well as the experience of Sage's grandmother, Minka, as a prisoner and survivor. I can listen to some graphic scenes with most fiction books because I know they're probably not true. But this subject is part of history and I believe things like this happened. The stories that are told were uncomfortable for me for that reason. But, again, this was well written so I was able to sit through it and it's only a portion of the book.
The story is serious, yet there are times that are funny and made me laugh. While I didn't care for the story of the monster I understand how it fits in for Minka and her survival. I appreciate Leo's sense of humor - a little over the top and sometimes inappropriate, but that's fun.
There is a question asked a couple of times, "How does it end?" (referring to the story).
With each of Jodi Picoult's books, I am pleasantly surprised with how easily I become emotionally invested in the characters...and this one is no exception.
I especially enjoyed how she so tactfully exposed the good and the bad in so many...so artfully leading me to first pity the characters who later turned out to be so loathsome and despicable.
I should probably mention something about the narrators, because I understand how easily a voice actor can impact the experience of the listener. I found them adequate, which is to say, the characters sounded to me like they would if I we're reading the book myself. I especially liked that a man read the men's parts and a woman the women's parts. (The reverse gender monologue can be so frustratingly distracting.)
There are too many profound (ah-ha) moments in this book to be captured in this review. Bottom line: Buy it!
The best part was the story woven between Minka's story and the story of her life. It has the least surprising ending of any Jodi Picoult book I've ever read, bit the beauty of the story more than made up for it!