The use of rebirth was a great device to move the story along as well as to develop other characters in the book. At first, I was afraid the story was becoming tedious because of the continual retelling of the protagonist's life, always starting from birth. But then the pace picked up, the plot took off, and the story raced along. I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. Unfortunately, just after the half-way point--and yet another rebirth--I returned to my feeling that the book was becoming tedious and I just kept hoping for the story to wrap up and finish. All in all, I guess I give it a B-/C+. I liked the book. Nicely written. Good narration. Too long.
This book has been sitting in my library for a while. If I had the chance to do it all again I would have listened to it sooner. It's a beautiful story, well written and narrated wonderfully. It will grab ahold of you and not let go.
As a creative writting major I try to read books in hopes of gathering tips and being enspired. Atkinson is an author I adore and her work so rich with description and emotion.
Far more than any historical novel that I've read. Amazing. Imaginative. Addictive. I'm off to read her other books. Starting right away.
The tapestry of the same life over and over and infinite variations possible. Is it intentional growth? Is it just wondering? What is the goal?
The retelling never gets boring. The narration is wonderful. Highly recommend.
I may just start this story over again right now.
A magnificently written book (Big Kate Atkinson fan!) with an especially magnificent reading. An audio book made in heaven. This is a haunting and perceptive, humorous and tragic observation of a very old soul and each and every character in the book is performed with impeccable depth and nuance.
Wonderful exploration of the endless possibilities available in the " pinball machine" version of all the character's lives. They live. They die. They are reborn to explore other paths. Fascinating, beautifully written. Thoughtful, poetic observations about the meaning or meaninglessness of life.
I enjoyed listening to this book and its take on early to mid 1900's England.
I think we all wonder what life would be like if we had a chance to live it over again and this book really captured those possible slight differences between lives without making it too unrealistic.
Overall I did feel it was a bit sad, granted 1910-1945 England had its fair share of hardships so I suppose I can't expect anything different...
Good listen, not great but good.