This book is talky and slow moving, but the spectacular narration and well-crafted characters help make up for it. Nicely written and a great portrait of the period, and it takes on interesting social and political issues. The writing style is unobtrusive, which makes for smooth reading. I wouldn't have minded a bit more intrigue, and I found the end a bit weak.
Yes! It's a wonderful, engrossing story that has it all: mystery, intrigue, and suspense!
The beautifully crafted plot, which has many exciting twists and turns, and which all comes together so nicely at the end.
They bring the story to life. I felt like I was watching a wonderful movie.
The characters are a bit stereotyped and flat, but I didn't really mind it, since the story line was so engaging. Think Dickens.
entertaining, insightful, smart
Bee's awakening to how music can transport a person
The characters are vividly drawn and interesting. There is a wonderful sense of absurdity in the story. There was one scene that was such brilliantly crafted farce, it should be on stage. There was another hilarious scene in which a a women in an emotional frenzy, is trying to type a letter on a poorly functioning computer. I literally laughed out loud. The mother's description of Seattle reminds me of the satirical TV show "Portlandia". I am particularly impressed by the depth of understanding with which the author creates Bee, an eighth grade girl. The story handles painful human issues sensitivity but without sentimentality; it's sophisticated without being snobby. I was sorry when the story ended.And kudos to the superb reader!
Listening to Colin Firth's narration of the story was well worth while. He did a superb job. I did not enjoy the story. I found the main character to be unlikable and self-indulgent, and I didn't care about him. The story is about the main character's obsession with his ex-girlfriend, a married woman. She -- the "object" of the story, was flat and unbelievable. Her husband was a cliche. The other characters are only sketchy, at best. The story is apparently a character study of the main character, so there is essentially no plot.
This was a really disturbing book. I know the author intended it to be that way, but it was way over the top for me. It totally creeped me out, and still does, months later.
What's good about this book is that it gives a great history of quantum physics, with interesting biographies of key figures in the field. I can see that the history of how thought evolved around quantum physics is important to understand how it lead up to the idea of entanglement, but I expected more explanation of entanglement itself. I don't have a strong background in math or physics, but I expected to grasp more of this book, since I do have a strong background in the biomedical sciences. I have enjoyed books on the subject "dumbed down" for lay people, like the Stephen Hawking books, which I was more or less able to follow--at least enough so to get a reasonable grasp of what he was talking about. In the case of this book, I was able to get some grasp of what the author of this book was talking about, but I would have liked a bit more explanation with less hard-core math and physics. I someone with an undergraduate degree in physics or better might find this book would be readily accessible, and probably very enjoyable, too.
This was beautifully written and beautifully read--a wonderful, juicy, gothic-style story I just couldn't put down. The characters were engrossing, and the twists totally unexpected. One of my favorite reads in a long time.
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