While historically interesting, the over-consumption of alcohol seemed to be more the focus of this novel than the characters themselves. The concept of this novel was such a good opportunity to build upon the complexities of Hemmingway's personality and all the odd-ball characters that he surrounded himself with but every character (including Hemmingway's) seemed one dimensional and lifeless. And, the narrator's depiction of Hadley was awful - it was just not believable that she was a stupid, blind fool on one hand yet a confident socially astute woman on the other. The narrator made her sound like a whiny & whimpering child. The one thing this novel did inspire in me is a desire to learn more about Hemmingway --- he certainly couldn't have been as flat and boring in real life as he was characterized in this novel. The beginning of this novel was so promising, the middle so boring and the end so predictable. . .
Really good book -- I knew very little about the Lindberghs so it was a wonderful journey to learn about Charles and Anne. Very well written -- will look for other books by this author now. My only complaint was the narrator -- she seemed just plain old tired.
If you like stories that take a very, very long time to develop, then, by all means, choose this book! It was not easy to do but I forced myself to hang in there but by mid-point of the book I just had to give up and call it a bad choice. The story just never took off --- a very, very slow read and way too much inconsequential narrative and detail. I really did not like the narration either --- it was as if she too was reading the book for the first time.
I have been a member of Audible for a couple of years but my last two book choices have been the worst! I received a credit refund last time and chose this book as my next choice. I'm on a losing streak!
The narrator (Edward Herrmann) of this book is THE best -- I purchased this book because I had listened to him narrate three other books and his performance here was not disappointing. I find Doris Kearns Goodwin a simply remarkable historian --- she knows how to make it real and interesting without making it too "just the facts". She weaves it all together so it is more of a novel than a biography. A truly great experience and time very well spent. More from both the author and the narrator would be GREAT!
I found the story interesting and the trip through history to be thought provoking but there was just too many sideline stories that were irrelevant to the main story. Eventually all the deviations from the main story became a bore and waste of time. In fact, I skipped a big portion of part 2 and, in the end, found that I really didn't miss a thing.
Yes, I like Stephen King but I do find that his books generally contain much more detail than is necessary. It's almost as if he spends a lot of time researching and then has to include every bit of it in his books rather than just that which is relevant.
Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't wild about the narrator either ---- he just sounded like he was completely exhausted. Made for a tiring listen!
Yes, interesting story line/concept and enjoyed the trip thru history.
It was good but not a "hard to put down" book. Perhaps a better book for teenage set
This is an unbelievably well written, engrossing book - a real home run. I listen to books as I commute and absolutely couldn't wait to get back to the story each day -- it definitely made my L.A. area commute more tolerable; even a pleasure. I normally don't like war stories but this was a very human story that happened to have occurred during WWII - wow, did I learn a lot. This is a book that is very well written with excellent narration---HIGHLY recommend. By far, this is the best book I've purchased on Audible.
It is mystifying how this book received such high praise in the reviews as it is simply a book that *might* appeal to girls under the age of 8 ---- definitely not a book for adults. While Beth Hoffman seems to be a fairly talented writer, she certainly wrote a boring story this time--- a very forgettable book. Couldn't wait for it to be over.
How in the world can this one be called "classic"?! For a character that seemed not to be a bible believer at all, there was certainly a lot of bible thumbing in this one -- WAY too much for my taste. Although determined to stick with it in hopes that it would eventually become the engaging novel I had heard so much about, it turned out to be a disappointed from start to finish -- I've never been so glad to reach the end! .
If you like historical novels, this is as good as it gets. I listen to audio books when commuting and I could not wait to get back to the story --- I've nver enjoyed commuting so much!
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