Surprisingly fiction, captivating.
Barbara Kingsolver crafts yet another amazing and compelling story which is simultaneously complex and incredibly simple. The most shocking component is her ability to craft a work of fiction within the construct of an environmental and biological reality. The growth and arc of the main character is well worth the ride! As with all of her books, I was sad to have it end.
Funny, but I couldn't keep the title in my head...I kept calling it Flight Risk.
Barbara Kingsolver has a wonderful voice, but can be painful to listen to due to her clearly innunciating each word and very slow reading speed. Her reading style was too staccatoed and too intentional with each word painfully articulated and spoken. Each word was read one at a time rather than in a fluid and flowing natural style. In one respect, I loved her reading her own book because I knew I would hear how each word was intended to be heard. However, I think a voice actor would have been much more capitivating. I found her narration so disturbing to listen to from the get-go that I almost considered not listening to it. The story was AMAZING...it's narration was not. Her voices for the different characters were limited and often even slower than the rest of the story, but her voice of Dr. Ovid Byron was fantastic! It is a story I will think about often.
Just below the top tier. This was a really good book, but it wasn't amazing. The book addresses the magnitude of Alzheimer's and its impact on everyone within its reach. I learned a lot about the disease and I'm grateful for such a gritty and real perspective. I'm not sure if it wasn't amazing because of the story, the subject matter, or the narration--perhaps it was a combination of the three. .
When Ed was diagnosed, only from the perspective that I didn't see it coming. I often don't read a books description because part of reading to me is to be surprised along a journey. I get a sense of a book's direction and then I take off. So, when the diagnose was given I was shocked and everything fell so neatly into place. I love that feeling in a book.
I think this is the first one I've listened to by her. I found the narration a bit too flat and steady for my liking...it could have used more peaks and valleys.
We Can't Be Someone We're Not--We Are Ourselves
Yes. Knowing the outcome of the main characters would provide a unique perspective listening to their stories from the beginning. Given all that I know, the plot elements and details may be more telling in the characters' development. I've only reread one book more than once (The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo), but I'd have to believe that this book would be worth a second listen.
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach because of the inter-connectedness of the main characters and the themes of jealousy, envy, and the rarity of true talent.
Dennis, Jules' husband--because he was written as such a different type of character than the Interestings and Ms. Tullock's performance created such a visual of him that I'm sure I'd be able to pick him out of a line-up. Several times I continued listening to Dennis' parts long after I needed to pause the book because I was transfixed not just by the words, but by the rawness of "his" delivery.
No, and from my perspective, that's a good thing! I only listen to long books because if they are good...I never want them to end. For that very reason, I can't read short stories. I hate to become vested in something amazing and wonderful and then have it come to a premature conclusion. I want greatness to last.
I learned a lot about myself in the book's discussion of jealousy and envy among friends and within families...and how such emotions cause us to struggle with conflicting thoughts of success, insecurities, happiness, and mediocrity.
One of the story lines never got truly resolved and karma never caught up to one character...karmic retribution would have made the end feel just a smidge more satisfying.
I only listened to the book.
Oddly enough...Ayn Rand's work (although I'm hardly an expert on the subject). To me, they intersect at the point of individual's achieving greatness and the fact that not everyone does. We all recognize greatness when we see it because it something that stops us in our tracks regardless as to how mundane the task. We all should strive for greatness...finding the thing each of us do well and take it through to fruition--and that's how we will all be compensated in the end.
The pivotal moment when Owen was reading in the dugout during a game...that moment literally and figuratively cracks the book apart.
Mike Schwartz--he's flawed and he recognizes it. I love that kind of honesty. Although he seems like an over the top exaggerated character, I think people like to puff themselves up to hide/protect their vulnerability. I'd want to tell him that greatness comes in all sizes.
For what it's worth, I don't like baseball at all, but yet found this book about baseball captivating. It made me even understand the draw people have to baseball. I love a book that subtly challenges my beliefs.
Epic, captivating, and heart-felt.
"Seriously, that's it?" Gabaldon skipped over serious plot elements and presented the ending to the reader all neat an tidy without taking us with her on that journey. What compounds that frustration is the crazy amount of time she spent detailing surgeries and medical issues throughout the novel! I was truly surprised when man said, "The End. This concludes the reading of..." There was so much ground to left cover and the "how" was left unanswered...and, definitely not in a good . The "how" would have made for some pretty amazing storytelling. I hate to say that of this book and of this series in particular...but, I'm really disappointed with how it ended.
I honestly loved them all. Davina Porter is amazingly talented! I'd be transfixed listening to her read the menu at McDonald's! And, I'm relatively certain that's not an exaggeration.
The part about Henri Christian...and, that's all I'm going to say.
Gabaldon's wrap up, or lack thereof, definitely leaves the door open to the possibility for the next book.
I though it would be a compelling story, but it turned out to be an ad nauseam litany of one highly improbable far fetched thing after another. I stuck it out to the end because I was sure everything we come together in some sort of amazing way...and, that never happened. I was so sure it would. In fact, the story ended with yet another springboard on to the next adventure segue. Painful.
Simply put, no.
The narrator did a good job. His voice fit the characters in the story.
The entire back story of the 100-year-old man's previous 99 years! Yes, it hooked into the current 100+ year story line, but not the level of painful detail it provided.
It saddens me that I'm not going to get that 12 hours and 29 seconds back. Volunteer, make dinner, take a walk, meditate...do something else instead of listening to this relentless, outlandish story. In so many ways this book could have been great.
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