The narrator does an excellent job. She acts the various parts and does so convincingly bringing more to the book than if it was just words on the page. But... I wasn't a huge fan of Cleave's first book and I wanted to give him another try since I was in the minority then. I had loved Little Bee until the last 30 pages, so I was hopeful that it was a fluke. Unfortunately, my issues with Gold started much earlier in the book. And while I like Gold better that Little Bee, I still don't buy all of the plot twists that it took to continue to throw these four people together and keep them interacting throughout the book. I don't know that real people confronted with these challenges would have acted in the same way and if they would, the story still didn't ring true. There were too many flying leaps. A Cleave fan will probably overlook these issues, in which case, listen away!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while commuting. I don't usually like fantasy but that element was very limited and instead this book was a good old fashioned quest story, complete with oddball characters, a somewhat ill defined nemesis, and a love interest (although that was kept to a minimum). Sure parts of the story require a little suspension of belief, but it was all in keeping with the fantasy genre.
Brown has written a wonderful tribute to a talented group of young men. He weaves in details about the issues facing the United States during the 30s as well as Europe as the Nazis prepared for the Olympics with details of the boys who rowed. So well done and well performed.
I agree with other reviews that this book isn't so much intended to be read from beginning to end, but I found it an easy listen for my commute. The science was explained clearly and mostly interesting. I did find the conversation with Alice in Wonderland in the refrigerator to be bizarre. Narrator was good and I've enjoyed other books he has read as well.
Lovely story of the relationship between two sisters and how that relationship ends. A real portrait of grief and how it can impact all elements of someone's life. The structure of the story was particularly good and made for a suspenseful unwinding of the narrative. The reader struggled to differentiate the voices and I was never clear on the appropriate nationality of a couple of the characters, but in the end the story was worth the listen.
Maybe, but someone I trusted would have to promise that it was good.
Too many narrators, two confusing a plot line, too hard to listen to in 30 minute increments on my commute. Couldn't keep track of people, what year it was, who was old or young, what was a flashback. Agh.
One narrator with less emphasis on a proper accent. The accents were a lovely addition to the setting for the story, but were hard to understand when giving first names or the names of places. If I can't keep the names of the characters straight, then I can't pay attention or get involved in the story.
2:39:24. That's how far I made it into Part 1 before giving up in exasperation. I liked Hosseini's first book, and was lukewarm on his second one, but my book club picked this for July so I thought I'd give it a try. I just couldn't keep the characters straight, the setting or the time, and eventually I just couldn't anymore.
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