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.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
If there's one thing I love more than time travel- and arguably reincarnation is that as well...it's death theory and WWII. I confess I'm not done listening to this for the second time yet- and I suspect there may be more...after all...that is the point...I doubt in print I'd be half as emotionally invested which is everything. I'll tell you more next time through.
So, yes- I recommend it. But it's not a side listen while doing too much, it requires some attention. Beautifully performed though my download had some issues...I blame iPhone there....for me the British can only be understood in their own accent but I'm funny like that.
I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)
This review is for the Audible version. I gave this book “5 stars” because I enjoyed it (I think.)
I say I think because it took me a few chapters to catch on to what the heck was happening. I felt as if I was trapped in a Twilight Zone episode for a minute. Once I got the jest of what was happening I was able to concentrate more on the story – and a lot of story(s) it was.
I thought that the narrator, Fenella Woolgar, did an excellent job. She made each character come alive, and there was a distinct difference in their voices. It was a very unique approach to storytelling, and I think the book will find its way into the classroom because of this uniqueness.
However… there were times when I thought to myself… Lord is this every going to end! I did manage to make it to the end, and as I reflect back I enjoyed it as a whole. At the end of the book I knew all of the characters very well, and I have read many books where that was not the case.
If you appreciate “a different” approach to literature you will enjoy this. But be prepared to think as well as be entertained.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I am awestruck by Kate Atkinson's skill as a writer. This is a perfect example of how she can craft a story with a level of complexity that's just mind-boggling. As the book went on, I couldn't wait to see where she took the characters and the plot. I'm not sure I've ever encountered anything quite like it - except for other books by her.
It doesn't take more than a glance at the reviews to see this isn't a book for everyone. It takes some twists and turns. It's not linear in its structure. It threw me off for about the first hour, but once I got used to it and understood what she was doing I found it easy to follow. Then I couldn't put it down. I'm so glad I waited it out. The narration is spot on.
Typically with a book like this I'd say, "if you like [this author], you'll like this book." In this case I cannot compare it to anything or anyone else. It stands alone. I just kept mumbling to myself, "she's brilliant." I can't wait to listen to it a second time just so I can marvel at it again.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This story is so compelling, so beautifully read and so important in concept of time that it is certainly one of the all time best. Comparing it only to Stephen King's 11/22/63 and Time and Again by Jack Finney. One of most enjoyable novels in the whole Audible library!
The reader was excellent. Unfortunately, the material, although well-written, was a frustrating read. Repeating the same story with different ways to die was exceptionally confusing and in many cases, boring.
The World War II era in England is a fascinating period in history. If the writer had kept to one story line instead of adapting several permutations of how the heroine, Ursula, would have died had events gone differently was a complete disappointment.
The descriptions of living during the bombing blitz in London was well done.
Thank goodness in real life we die only once.
As I entered the book, almost immediately I drew in my breath in a gasp at the beauty of the writing, the narration...knew that I was in the hands of a fine literary artist and was ready for a momentous ride. From the title one knows that the main character, Ursula, will die often so I was not emotionally harmed by her multiple sudden deaths but set my mind to watch how her life "repeats" related or built to the point where she "gets it right"...and what the author's vision of getting it right would be. Unfortunately after the flow and glow of her first 8 or so life repeats, to me, the book totally loses focus and gets tedious. Still, I plunged on trusting that no matter how boring, the author was leading to a point..any point that might be interesting and even hoped for a little moment of awe. The reader knows there will be a critical scene with Hitler from the get go. It takes forever to get back to that moment of choice...gets there then ends as though it never happened. Huh? Many of the characters know they are repeating their lives to varying degrees, yet nothing interesting is deduced after the reader knows this is happening. Did you think Ursula got it right in the end...the very strange, silly Hollywood ending? Did the end make any sense whatsoever? It is worth a read as it is great writing, you will meet people you like and there are vignettes of the bombing of London that are fabulous, but don't expect any awe and prepare to be disappointed.
I loved this book so much. The characters are likable and realistic, and I found myself rooting for their success immediately.
Very enjoyable voice and inflection.