By listening to a book while I walk the dog or cook,I can be enjoying two books at once!
I love a book that jumps around a timeline, but I found this thoroughly confusing for the first few chapters. After I got the hang of it, it was better, but I think my brain would have followed the timeline better in writing!
Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.
Way too hard to follow. What is real, what isn't? Too confusing for my addled brain.
I still don't know I how I feel about this book. It took me forever to finish, because I could not get invested in the story for the first several hours. If you can make it through the first 10 hrs of audio, the story does begin to pick up. I am, however, tempted to listen to the book again or read the print version, because I am sure there are things I missed that would maybe help explain the story better. Or maybe not. Maybe there is no answer, but I do feel like I can know listen to A God in Ruins which has gotten more positive reviews, but of course I had to listen to the original before I could read the sequel.
The book feels like a literary exercise that has gone on way too long. The same material is gone over from different angles again and again, but not a lot of insight is gained from the repetition. I kept hoping for the format or the story to yield something worth the wait by the end, but it never arrived. If you want good contemporary literary writing by a British woman, read H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, or Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel. If you want interesting time travel writing set in WWII by a British woman, read Blackout by Connie Willis.
I'm not even sure how to review this book. As far as the narrator, it was fantastic. I was very interested until the halfway point, where it seemed to drag on and on. I held hope that something would grab and pull it all together. That never happened. The premise was so intriguing and I feel this book could have been so much more.
Like one of the reviews I read before reading the book (which should've been a clue for me), this book was full of lovely writing, but it just bored me--Groundhog Day. The characters were not all that likeable, nor did the scenes consume me, not the first time, & certainly not the fifth! I feel like an outsider given the solidly positive reviews a plenty, but I know what I like & it's not this book.
I can't imagine anyone sitting thru this, I'd rather sit in line at the DMV.