A great story with an important message; unfortunately, the narrator had a very unpleasant manner--he reads in a choppy way that is unsettling on the ears.
I could not identify with any aspect of the story--what a disappointment!
The narrator's voice was so grating that I almost gave up in the first 30 minutes--perhaps I should have because the book was so disappointing.
The author--Doubtful; the narrator--perhaps
the Americans were protrayed in embarassingly trite ways and Jo-Jo (aka Butterfly) and anything Japanese in such unbelievably pathetic terms that I could not finish this book--such a sad use of the opera--the author's treatment of people from these different cultures added support to my earlier comment.
A waste of 5 dollars.
Not sure--teenagers perhaps?
Endless descriptions of such things as why scrambled eggs are banished from lunchtime fare?
Narrator was not a detractor.
Can't answer this--the characters were few and don't know whether any could be omitted--perhaps support group members?
Disappointing!! I read the reviews and shouldn't have used them as the basis of how to use my new monthly credit--which was WASTED on this title. I was a bit put off by the author's smug warning in which he admonished anyone that wanted the skinny as to the veracity of this story--for what reason--I have no idea?
One of those books that when you reach the end, you just wish it wasn't so.
The reviews for this book were so misleading--please--this book is full of such unbelievable exaggeration. If you can't get to church and like pedantic sophistry--by all means--buy this book. It was a waste of credit for me. If I want to read theology, I will look for Henri Nouwen.
No--might read hard copy--parts of it--but not the audio--the voice of the young blind woman was so grating that I almost gave up on the book several times. I work in the field of disabilities so the many themes surrounding the blind interested me--and had the author focused on this, rather than others such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, the social construction of disability, the implications of alternate life forms and the importance of believing in God, I might have been more satisfied.
A bit like Oliver Sacks' books, although Sawyer's tendency toward the peripatetic separates the two
sometimes--read earlier comment about one (important) female voice--grating!
perhaps the way that he described the girl's reaction to sight--although I had to wonder at times whether her brain could possibly respond this quickly given her congenital blindness.
INSUFFERABLE!!! The author must have had a dictionary open on her lap while she wrote this tripe. I am sorry that I purchased the book--kept hoping it would be worth my investment--nothing but regrettable--I can't believe she is considered to be a good writer--perhaps she hangs out with Franzen.
Loved this book--great story--only part that did not 'make it' for me was the description of one character's trip to Italy--think the author could omit this part--narrator did a great job.
I was looking forward to reading this book--unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. Was it the content? The sing-song Mr. Rogers' style of reading? The boring content?
After multiple reflections, I gave up--why fight this? The book is boring, the narrator sophomoric in her delivery--MY TIME IS PRECIOSA! Way too precious for this! It was time to press delete.
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