Less length and more substance in each of the reincarnations.
Discreet musical brakes during narration instead of the mostly monotone reading. It was hard to keep track of the storyline as an audiobook.
I purchased this book after reading the glowing review by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn... Suffice to say, Ms. Flynn should stick to writing books instead of reviewing them. I could barely finish this book. It was way too ADD, moving in tons of different directions and very hard to follow. I prefer stories with deeper character development and a solid storyline. This one just floundered, completely missing the mark.
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.
I think this book may best be read. It took me a good half of the book to figure out what was going on. There's a lot of back-and-forth with dates. If one reads the book in written form you could check out the dates more easily and perhaps not lose track of the storyline. Frankly I found the book to be a bit boring but I slogged through it to the end.
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.
I learned about this book on NPR from their story about the sequel which just came out. It was not a five-star book for me at first; my thought process went something like,"I thought she died!"
"I thought HE died! Why is this author making me get all sad about characters that don't really die?"
But then maybe I'm not listening to these audiobooks as carefully as I always think I am...
No, NO! Some characters die over and over. This is just an unreliable narrator, but it's okay because the situations and characters are so interesting that I want them to live and go on to do great things, like dig people out during the blitz, prevent a rape, or plan how to learn German, befriend Eva Brown, and kill Hitler
Every time I pay attention to World War II, I learn new aspects of the those horrifying years. Once I got past my confusion, this book was pretty consistently fascinating and the best I've heard/read in a while.