Manipulative, misguided and misplaced were words that kept recurring to me through this read. Manipulative describes the adult chatacters, barely an ounce of humanity between them. Misguided again applies to the adult characters who were flawed in just about every way possible. I also thought the author was misguided in setting the book in the USA. As an Australian reading this, and knowing that the Author was also Australian, though had lived long periods out of Australia, this book would have worked so much better if it had had an Australian setting.
Trying narration. The flat, almost monotone narration did nothing to enhance a read I found to be trying at the best of times.
I commend this book to anyone and everyone. It is magnificently researched, the love interest is a compelling juxtaposition to the brutality of the war, and the constraint of time.
Every Executive should be compelled to read this book. Even if they don't relate to the marvellous contents, the work ethic it describes, the dedication to beliefs, the altruism, the commitment and the partnership that this book has in bucketsful couldn't help but develop anyone.
I love the dedication to food, the Childs' dedication to each other, their dedication to work, and their spirit, the biographer captured it all.
Nadia May is always a delight to listen to, her voice is calm and soothing and her pronunciation is always excellent, and none of the French in the book phased her at all.
This is a read no one will regret.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, there is something for everyone in it. There is wonderful love, tender and caring, there is passion, there is grief and sadness, and the whole story has withstood the passage of time.
The characters and plot are indicative of life at the time.
The narrator's voice is perfect for the story and she reads it with all the inflection it deserves.
I didn't want to stop listening, even though i know the book well, i stoll wanted to immerse myself in this lovely rendition.
The plot was an arduous listen, failed to deliver either a learning or uplifting experience.
The anti-semetic nature
All of the above, but also a distrust of review recommendations
A magnificient read/listen. I was most surprised when, after I'd listened to it, I found it was written almost 100 years ago. The themes it covers are as relevant today as they were then, possibly more relevant as women have a great deal more choice now, but the consequences of choice haven't moved a great deal.
The narration is mesmerising, and I can't help but recommend this book to one and all.
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