This is the most raw, powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking book that I've listened to or read in many years. As soon as it finished, I started it over again. I never do this. It reminds you of how it feels to be young and so very much alive. How love and friendship can save you. How sometimes you need to leave everything to save yourself, even if this means breaking your own heart.
The first time Park holds Eleanor's hand. I've never heard hand holding described in such a sensual way.
Sensitive performance from each of them. I particularly loved Sunil's performance, he captured Park's quietness perfectly.
The ending broke my heart. I kept looking at the time, hoping for more.
This is by far one of the best audio books I've listened to! The stories were all quite different, with different narrators to match. The best of them were utterly haunting. The words and voices cast a spell on me, and linger with me still.
My favorite stories really stayed with me. The stories themselves are lovely, dark, beautiful things, and the actors reading them were perfectly chosen.
My favorite stories were the silk weaver, the massage therapist, and the scarecrow ones. They seemed to get at a dark, true element of human psychology in a way that realism never could.
I highly recommend this audio book!
The narrators of this were stellar! I would have loved reading the book as well, but they did a great job of interpreting the characters.
Where to start? This story has so many twists and turns. It examines a marriage and what it means to really "know" someone in a unique and twisted way.
How can I choose one character? They were both wonderfully done. I found myself totally convinced for and rooting for one then the other as the story unfolded.
I have recommended this book to everyone I know! It's great!
The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.
No. I loathed this book. I actually only got it because it was chosen for my book club and I do make an effort to finish book club books. It felt terribly dated, particularly the treatment of the female characters. Really all of the characters seemed like cardboard cutouts. The main character was incredibly dumb and made consistently poor decisions. Which made no sense as he was chosen through an extensive screening process...
Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.
If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!
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