I loved this book! It requires a certain amount of imagination but the quality of the writing and of the performance made that an easy stretch.
Adventure and suspense please!
It lacked depth or purpose
While narration was mostly pleasant, the main character's voice was childish and annoying.
The first several lives. The last life.
This book was terribly unsatisfying. I was thankful when it was finally over and angry that I had trusted the good reviews and gone for it, listening to the end. I really don't understand why the author wrote this book. The general concept was intriguing and had great potential, but the way it was expounded upon was just hopelessly depressing and pointless. Though we suffer through many versions of life with the main character, we never really get to know her. Her personality remains shallow, undefined and weak through every life. There is this other character, Izzy, that all the other characters seem to despise throughout the lives and yet, only in one of them is she someone worthy of disdain and even then that is questionable given the circumstances. I just couldn't identify with any of the characters in any of the lives really. The ending was particularly annoying. There really wasn't one. I'm about to ruin it for you here so stop reading now if you plan on listening anyway: SPOILER AHEAD:
It seems that Ursula is just in some kind of weird hell or purgatory like existence where no matter the choices she makes or what she does right or wrong or how long she lives or how she dies, she is doomed to keep coming back to the same old live as the same old person with the same situations ahead and anything good she ever does to change history is wiped away with the beginning of each new life. So, as the listener, you get to join her hell and in the end? Its even worse for you than it is for her because you, unlike her, are fully aware that her loop of a life is eternally doomed. What fun.
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!
Unlike others, I was disappointed with the ending.
A convoluted story like this one is a bit challenging to read via audiobook. Several times I was tempted to buy a paper copy in order to reference previous sections. Overall, however, it was a great book and the performance was top-notch.
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.
Fantastic narrator, which added to the depths of the work. Sometimes dark, sometimes confusing, but always a sense that the author had a plan as to how everything would unfold.