It wasn't for me because it drug on and on and on and on - the underlying story was a good one but I couldn't get to the end - I was literally skipping chapters, fast forwarding, and I wasn't missing a thing. That's when I knew this book wasn't for me.
No; this was an unpleasant experience.
About half the book could be eliminated.
Vinka (sp?) and her sister
Loved the different characters, great twists, back and forth in history to present day.....kept me enthralled!
Yes, story kept moving along!
Listen to this one, you won't be disappointed! SO interesting!
Much different storry than what I had expected. I listened to this with some (actually alot) of coaxing from my wife on our long trip back and forth from Cleveland to South Carolina. I ended up being the one to enjoy it the most. Found the grandmother's 'story' to be most spell-binding - wanting to hear more despite the awful occurrences as one would expect during the holocaust. As another reviewer mentioned, my wife disliked the made up story by the grandmother. However, I rather enjoyed it and really the story was essential to the grandmother's survival. The analogies with in, regarding her current conditions, I did rather enjoy altho sometimes being a little corny(like from a vampire harlequin novel)
I did find the ending predictable altho my wife kept disbelieving my guess til the very end. I still enjoyed the ending despite this as the 'obvious' path would have been a little less gratifying(would have missed the greater conflict of emotions). I've never listened to the author's My Sister's Keeper but I am inclined to now.
Excellent narration by all as well. Overall highly recommend!
Let me take a minute to take this all in. Wow.
This book will get you thinking, about survival, guilt, forgiveness, mercy, hatred, kindness and so on. This story is mainly about the holocaust, so if you don't enjoy reading about that, then this is not for you. Also, it is not an uplifting book either. It is a dark story both in the present day storyline and the holocaust storyline. There is no nicely fitted happy ending.
In the beginning, the story is somewhat slow going, but give it time and it will draw you in. We are told the story of a holocaust survivor and the side of her tormentor, along with the after effects in present day of them and the people they come in contact with.
The storyline and the story of living in the concentration camp was so moving
When she realized who the old man really was
The ability to put such emotion in her reading
Yes but it is really long
yes, I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult's work and my favorites keep you guessing until the end on how the story line will weave together. this is definitely one of those. I found I would look. for this to clean with my headset on just to keep listening.
the narrators brought the changes from the different story lines to life and they would jump back threw the generations to help you understand the lives of the characters.
I liked the characters voices and really got lost in the story. Granted the story and what is going on can be very dark but I like the way you saw it from a human perspective, and from the other side.
I'm not sure, as to Picoult. This one, The Tenth Circle, and Lone Wolf, all of which I have read recently, were all disappointing. I did like My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes very much. As to the narrators, yes indeed. Well done!
I think the Holocaust was bad enough that Picoult simply did not need to add additional gruesome inventions of her own. She seemed to feel that the mass starvation and extermination of 12 million people (including 6 million Jews) just wasn't over the top enough. Nor did her main character have to be the World's Most Awesome Baker, never mind the extremity of her personal story. And layering onto that endless exaggeration about how impossible it is to find and try Nazis, the inability of an ancient man to die without assistance, and the miraculous ability to spin an gripping horror story from memory alone . . . I don't know, my ability to suspend disbelief just collapsed. Please, Ms. Picoult, pick one serious story and tell it . . . seriously and quietly.
The characters sprang to life through the narrators, despite the overwrought plot devices.
Probably, with writers who dropped a lot of the less necessary drama. I'd want to give some greater thought to casting, though I think younger, less well known actors would be a better choice for the younger characters . . . maybe in a TV miniseries format for this lengthy tale.
No because I don't listen more than once
Minka. Remarkable in her ability to survive and make a life after the war.
When Minka was spared a beating when she found her father's suitcase and unraveled his sweater.
The many serious questions raised in this story remain with me. This is my favorite book in the past year.