This book was wonderful. It was well-written and beautifully narrated. The story was fascianting. I highly recommend it.
I have listened to over 250 audio books, and I would rank this one among the top five, right up there with another of my favorites: The History of Love. The story, which jumps back and forth, from chapter to chapter, from Italy in 1962 to Hollywood today, is fascinating: both delightful and sad. The many characters, whose stories are beautifully woven together, were well-drawn; I was interested in all of them. And the narrator was outstanding. I highly recommend this book!
Although this book was interesting, the believability of the story was greatly undermined by the fact that the author chose to cast the main characters as 12 and 13 year old children when they first met and started caring for each other. The feelings they felt for each other, their actions towards one another, and the boy's actions within his family seemed to be vastly too mature for children aged 12 and 13. Oftentimes I found myself feeling that the actions being taken by the boy and girl, the language that they used and the feelings they expressed (especially in the case of the boy) were not authentic, given their age. This obvious "miscasting" continually interfered with my enjoyment of the book.
This is a very well-written, highly engaging piece of historical fiction that focuses on a young Jewish spy working for the North during the Civil War, and the personal and professional choices he has to make regarding his loyalty to the Union and to his family. The author skillfully combines history, action, drama, a love story and humor into one very enjoyable book. She also paints interesting sketches about several historical people and events from that era, including a very interesting event regarding Abraham Lincoln. I highly recommend this book.
I have listened to over 250 books on tape, and I would rank this one in the lowest 20%. Although portions of it might be considered artistically written, it has a very weak, almost non-existent, story line. I found it very hard to maintain any interest in it. Nonetheless, I stuck with it until the end, and found it to be very disappointing. If you like reading books that have a plot line, I guarantee that this book is not for you.
I am amazed that this book received so many positive reviews. I have listened to more than 200 fiction books on tape, and I found this one to be among the most poorly written ones. I am in agreement with the reviewer who indicated that this book is written in about the same style as a Harlequin romance novel. The characters are one-dimensional, the multiple plots are insipid, and the story goes on forever! If you like well-written books, this book is definitely NOT for you!
I found this to be one of the most enjoyable of the 200 + books on tape that I have listened to. It belongs right up there with other great "reads" such as "The History of Love" and "The Book Thief". If you liked those two, you'll like this one as well. The story was fascinating, the writing was excellent and, contrary to what the previous reviewers have said, I thought that the narration was very good. I highly recommend this book.
I have listened to over 200 audio books and this one is one of my favorites. It is a wonderful story with very interesting characters that you really feel for. The intertwining of several stories and the authors wonderful way with words made it all the more enjoyable. Every time I had to stop listening, I really looked forward to starting again. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
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