I would recommend this book to people who are interested in the study of human behavior. There are instances where the book is very dark and disturbing because the author goes to great lengths to describe torturous acts in finite detail. For that reason, I would caution readers who are looking for a light, "beach" book to stay away from this one.
The author did an excellent job of weaving all of the characters into one story with an ending that is very unexpected. There were subtle hints throughout the tale that were revealed as much more important details once the end comes into view. Although I would have added one other element to the summarizing chapter, the author chose an excellent ending!
I really enjoy Mr. Bramhall's voice interpretations of the characters. With each different inflection, he captures an essence of a person in the form of the character so that the reader can visualize him/her. It was not difficult to determine in which voice Mr. Bramhall was speaking.
Wow. I wouldn't begin to think that my literary skills are near Yann Martel's. But to answer the question, I might venture to title the book "Measure of a Man" (not to be confused with Martin Luther King, Jr. or Sidney Poitier's work). It seems to me that the taxidermist was taking stock of his entire life and trying to put it into words. A comparison, if you will, so as to "measure" the things in his past to those of the prince in the story that was referenced early on; perhaps he was seeking his own redemption through the play.
This story is excellent and I enjoyed 85 - 90% of the content. I really could have done without some of the more gruesome descriptions as I have a tender heart for people and animals. However, I also understand that none of us will never know the full extent of the atrocities that took place during the horrific historical event that is the back story for this literary work. In light of that, I am sure that what was described is a drop in the bucket to what actually happened.
No, I will not try another book by this author.
It seems to me that the author used foul language for the purpose of making the story more sensational. I did not like the way it ended - was there even a REAL ending???
The performance was fine. If you have terrible material, it's hard to have a great performance, but the narrator did her part.
This could have been a better story. The character deserve one another.
I would only recommend this book if someone is looking for a way to waste time. It is so long and is such a labor. I kept thinking it would get better, but it continued to drag. A shorter, greatly edited version would yield a better book.
I was drawn to the fact that this story was based on a biblical story.
I don't compare books to one another because I like to enjoy each one and the gifts it bestows.
Yes, this was a great story.
My only suggestion would be that it is not necessary to begin the narrative by explaining the story of Joseph from the Bible. Giving out that information at the beginning removes the anticipation of the reader since we already know how it will end.
This is one of the best stories that I have ever read.
This is a great story that could be used to teach children about people who are physically or mentally challenged.
Each character really came to life with the inflections of the narrator.
A Heartfelt Movie for the Whole Family - this would be a great movie for the Hallmark Channel!!!
The writing could be more clear. It was hard to determine who was talking because there were so many characters.
I might go see it.
I'm not sure that a person with any sense of reality will ever enjoy this book. This was, by far, the most disappointing book I've ever read and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone.
First of all, the title is very misleading because there is very little in this book about the discovery of the People in the Trees. The book should be more aptly titled "The Undoing of Norton" or something much like that because the majority of the book is really about the deranged professor. I kept listening because I was hoping that the next chapter would hold something worth waiting for, something of value that would redeem the professor. Alas, that never happened, and the worst that I thought turned out to be true.
There were multiple narrators and they all did a fine job with the material they were given.
I am very disappointed and honestly wish that I had just turned it off after the trip to the island where the people were discovered. This was a total waste of hours of my time because there was very little positive content in this story. I read from a diverse list of topics and genres, and I can typically find value in any book - but not this one.
Write the story in real time without the flashbacks. I don't enjoy reading a story that flashes forwards and backwards - it's too distracting and it's very difficult to keep up with the original story line when there is a different time and place being interwoven throughout the book. Although the narrative by the 90-year-old is thought provoking at times, I don't think it added value to the original story.
There is too much violence for my taste. People and animals are killed with hardly any consideration at all, and I don't think the deaths added anything to the content. The mental images conjured by the narrative were so vivid as to be disturbing.
Yes. The performances were one of the things that I enjoyed because it was easy to determine whether we were in the "present" or in the "past" as the chapters moved along.
The base story line is good - the Jacob and Marlaina story. If I could have read that story without the killing, it would have been much better. Every time a person or animal was killed, I was disgusted. There were several times I thought about just turning it off and not finishing the book, but I pushed my way through so that I could get to the end of the story for Jacob and Marlaina. I do not think I will read another book by this author - I just can't take the senseless use of violence against people and animals.
Heartwarming Love Story
The characters were easy to relate to and the storyline was deep. The author used a lot of descriptive language to bring the landscapes and scenery to life.
Teri Clark Linden did the greatest job with this story! I never had a hard time identifying which of the many characters was speaking. The range of accents, tones and inflections that Ms. Linden employes is fantastic!! I am planning to look for more stories that are narrated by her.
Yes. Every time I had to turn it off, I was anxious to get back to the story!
This is the best book written by this author. Love the characters and the story!
Yes, I would change and/or delete some of the scenes with the bear. I found them repulsive - much too graphic for my tastes. I believe the average reader knows what devastation can be done to the human body by a bear.
I enjoy reading this author's books for the personal relationships that seem to go from disdain to love. It gives hope to anyone in a terrible relationship that there might be some small way that they can actually fall in love with someone that they thought was the wrong person.
Disjointed, Disappointing, Distracting
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