I am obviously in the minority here, but this story just never went anywhere for me. I never could relate to the characters. I felt like they were contrived and unbelievable. I love stories about different parts of the world, and this one certainly took me to a place I never knew existed. But I'd probably never want to go there, having read about it -- even with these super-rare dolphins that the main character has given up everything in her life for.
I thought I was just being snobby when I stopped listening to this book after an hour. I could not stand the narrator. Audible, please, don't ever use her again. She literally ruined this book. Like many others here, I will read this book in print. There's no way I could listen to another hour of this narration.
I loved this book at the beginning. I loved the premise of the book. And I loved how the autor kept Harold as a regular person at the beginning of the walk. But by then end -- can't put my finger on what happened, but I felt like the author got tired of writing and just wanted to wrap it up. Maybe it was that she stayed with the reality of the situation, but it just wasn't fulfilling for me. I didn't feel that I ended up taking anything away, other than just a pleasant story.
Probably. I think at times, it could be kind of dry in the print verson. The narration made it seem more like a novel than nonfiction.
This was one of those books that I had to kind of make myself stick with it. It got somewhat repetative at points, and was a little hard to follow because of all the different names. But it's also a book that has kind of stuck with me, that I keep flashing back to, especially when I see reports about slums in India. I feel like I have more of an empathy for the people.I wish that the author's description of how she was able to write the book was at the beginning, rather than at the end. It was fascinating.
This is an absolutely beautiful production of a book that everyone should read, no matter what your belief system. This isn't your average audio book. I has a huge case of narrators, some of who are familiar, most not so much, but all excellent. There is a sound track that plays with it as well as sound effects. It is just a huge production that makes the stories come alive. It is going to take me a long, long time to get through, but I'm sure it will always be a nice change, kind of a rest from the type of books I usually listen to.
I hated this book at first, almost put it down. I couldn't stand the tone of the voices in either the writing or the narration. It was arrogant and cocky. Well, there ended up being a reason for it. I'm glad I stuck with it because once the story kicked into full gear, I couldn't put it down. It kept surprising me and jerking my emotions from one end to the the other. I'm not a big mystery/thriller fan, but this one grabbed me. I want to say I hated the ending, but when I think about it, what else could have happened to these sick, self-absorbed, and self-indulgent people?
Having just read/listened to Big Sur by Kerouac and having loved it, I was excited to listen to On the Road and thought that Matt Dillon would be the perfect narrator, since I've enjoyed his acting. Wrong! I've listens to over 20 audio books (at least), and this is by far the worst book I've ever listened to. It was absolutely ruined by a lackluster, bored reading. Do yourself a favor and read the printed version of this book.
I was surprised that I loved this book as much as I did. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the narrator. She brought the characters alive for me, and at the same time sparked a love for Somerset Maugham.. I went on to read other books by this author and loved them too.
This book was very difficult to listen to. It was just so hard to believe that people treat other human beings so inhumanely, especially children. But I keep hearing about countries at war, where this exact same thing is happening. I read/listened to this book about three years ago, and the images and lessons are still with me.
What a great surprise! And what a lovely gesture from Audible for the Christmas season. I've been singing the praises for Audible for years. I'll amp up the volume now!
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