It would have been good if this book had a plot. It meandered around introducing us to the people in the boy's village and spent a lot of time with him kicking himself about mistakes he made. I kept waiting for the plot to begin.
I was tempted to listen at double speed--this read is s l o w!
I'm sorry I bought the sequel before listening to this book--it even has the same awful narrator. Bummer.
I've listened to some of Henning Mankell's detective novels for adults and liked them. This children's book went nowhere very slowly.
I loved this book and the performance, but I was shocked to see that the last page of the book IS NOT INCLUDED! And it's an important final scene. Makes wonder what other pages have been lost in books which are supposedly "unabridged"
The writing is beautiful and unexpected.
I hope Audible will re-issue this book in its entirety.
I am a huge fan of Patricia Reilly Giff, but Richard Peck's book, On the Wings of Heroes is very similar in content and so much better. The plot, details, character development, setting are all so much richer and more believable--do yourself a favor and choose that instead--even the narration is superior.
Richard Peck is a masterful storyteller. His "memories" of the tiniest moments are rich with sensual detail. Follow an after dark game of Kick the Can with a dad carrying his small son through the back yards and gardens of the small town and you are there.
The main character explains what life in a small town was like during World War II with his adored older brother off fighting the war. Every character is beautifully drawn and the boy's inner thoughts reflect the difficulties of the time. I really enjoyed the information about rationing and collecting scrap for the war effort, things I'd heard about but not fully grasped until I heard this book.
I've read other books of this type, but this one is head and shoulders above them in the quality of the writing. The narration was mesmerizing--I felt as though I was sitting on the narrator's lap and he was whispering in my ear.
People who like to be bored and disgusted by characters who make bad choices again and again.
I don't want to read/hear anything else by this author.
Boredom, agony, frustration at the bang your head against the wall refusal of the main character to understand what she was doing to herself.
Whoever chose Stephen Hoye to narrate this book should be fired! It should have been read by someone with excellent German pronunciation.
This reading is by Simon Vance, a terrible reader! Do not make the mistake I did! Buy the version read by Patrick Tull!!!!!
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