I read this book many years ago - it actually still sits on my bedside table. The story of Sudha and Anju is one of love, secrets, heartbreak and ultimately family. The story and characters of the girls will stay with you, even after you have finished reading it. I have always enjoyed Divakaruni's style of writing. The words are beautiful, the scenes she sets are beautiful even many of the characters she writes are beautiful, even when they are ugly. There is a follow up book to this one called The Vine of Desire. If you enjoyed this book, you might want to pick up that book - Anju and Sudha are adults now, but there's still never a dull moment - especially when one's husband is attracted to the other.
Now for why I couldn't give this audio book full stars:
Lisette Lecat has spoiled me for listening to stories about characters from other countries. Her delivery of the accents are flawless and honest. Julia Whelan reads well, but she sounds just like me, and this accent is NOT for this book. I wish someone would have considered it. I mean, Im sure they considered it - what would people who buy this book want to hear - what would they spend their money on? This may be the voice that many people would appreciate, but this is not the voice I wanted to hear - not for this book.
Why not Sarita Choudhury? Why not Frieda Pinto? Why not Sarita and Frieda together?
The performance really made this book difficult for me to listen to. Nothing genuine - not even pretend.
Disappointing about to me. I loved reading this book, I just really hated hearing it.
I understand, that these feelings are mine alone. I still recommend this book - the story is good, and Divakaruni is a brilliant writer.
I wouldn't listen to the entire thing, I would listen to Minka's Story again. I found it Heart wrenching and enthralling. Also I would listen to the story Minka wrote. Even though I liked Leo, even if he was (to me) a little too good to be true. I wouldn't want to listen to the story between him and Sage...unless his first question to her was - where's Eva? We walked into the house and Eva wasn't here - where's Eva Sage? And if indeed she did have Eva, why would she have had her if she didn't know what had happened?
Two friends, a bad tooth and a fountain pen. When someone loves you - they'll do anything to help you.
The Narrator Suzanne Toren brought Minka's memories to life in a way hearing it read in my own head by my own voice -never would have.
Yes I did shed a tear listening to Minka. And I laughed with Sage at a moment when the person whose face she laughed in - somehow didn't expect it,
There was a point when Leo went to speak to Minka - and I knew how it would end - I felt it was the only way it should end, and was I pleased that it did end that way.
I would listen to The Good House again. The writing is solid - the character development of Hildy is very good, but the narration - the narration is spectacular. Was it just my ears - did Hildy seem to slur a bit more as the chapters went on?
How to answer this without giving things away well - perhaps the first time she reveals what she does each evening. It is the first time you start to wonder about what Hildy is telling you, or, if you are so blessed, you start to wonder about the people you know who favor Hildy a great deal.
I haven't listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt's any other performances, but based on this one, I would absolutely consider it. She was that good. She really was "Hildy". That is the voice I would have imagined,
Well, I feel like Hildy would be busy in the evening...
So perhaps Peter. What he did was questionable morally, but you never got the feeling that he was just in it for himself, and when things looked like they were going to go that way - He...corrected it - although in a devastating way.
I just finished a book, that was only 2 hours longer than this one, but took me an amazing amount of time to listen to. It was so incredibly boring, I wanted to dig my eyes out. Because I respected the author so much that I wanted to see if maybe things would change - they didn't. I bought this book 3 months ago, and thought eh, I might as well continue to clear my library. I started listening to this day before yesterday, and I wish there was another book about this community. I always wanted to know...what is Hildy up to? What's going to happen next? I enjoyed it. I hope you will too
The story is of a servant who goes missing, the man who is accused of being responsible for it and the full of himself yet loveable detective who gets to the bottom of it all. From the nick only names of his staff and wife, to his love for delicious fried Indian treats Puri is very well flshed out as a character. He reminded me of someone I know in real life - right down to the step by step self congratulatory accounts of resolved cases he conveyed to his poor secretary. As the story went on, it did become predictable, but not boring, so that was a plus!
So no it was not shockingly surprising, but it was a solid offering (I wouldnt be surprised if this author used to be a technical writer - things are so concise and tied up in the end.), with well written characters (Mummy is my fave) and I liked the Poirot-like ending with everyone gathered around in the livingroom for the revelation. I also especially enjoyed the telling of the pre marital cases he worked and was working on. I certainly plan to have another listen at this authors other works!.
The Life of Pi is definitely about 4 stories in one - its about a zoo, a boy's love of God and religion, a journey on the sea, and the story of it all. I started listening and didnt really stop until I was done. I always just wanted to know what happened next.
There is a part in this book that I think the suthor could have eliminated altogether, because - it just didnt connect, but it's not so big of a part that it overshadows the rest. If you want a very intersting not much like any story youve heard before - take a chance on this book.
I would hire a woman who can do a consistent and realistic Indian accent, a man with the same and an African American man to do the different parts. The "fake but clear" accents here - do nothing for me. The performance was not 5 stars for me at all.
Probably not. I can only think of one who might try this book.
Realistic, consistent accents would have helped - REALISTIC, CONSISTANT. Not just a smidge with nothing but the hope to help non native speakers.better understand.
Yes, I can see this being made into a made for TV movie -like Lifetime. I dont know who I would cast - perhaps a whole crew of newcomers.
Some of the sentences in this book, give me hope that I can write my own. I really love Divakaruni's other work. This one, not too much. Of all of the stories shared none were particularly fresh orginal or unpredictable. I will read divakaruni agan though.
As I read this thr first thing I thought was - wow the men in this book are severely flawed idiots that I wouldn't like to meet....
Then I thought - wow, the women in the book are severely flawed idiots that I wouldn't like to meet.
I've seen complaints about Rowling's character development, but I honestly don't think she has a problem there; I think her character development is fine, but I think we are quite uncomfortable with the characters she has developed. The thing you come to ask yourself is - are we are as a people really like this? And I think the sad truth is - yes, we are quite pathetic.
The way the book ended depressed me, but I dont think this book could have ended any other way and remain...authentic.
Moving, & Thought-Provoking,
We dont often think of the aftermath a family experiences when one of its members goes missing, a member who isnt a child in anycase.
I'll also admit to being a sucker for stories written in second person narrative form.
I appreciated greatly the fact that each chapter is read by its 'thinker'/experiencer (yes I made that word up).
Tears. I often thought of my own mother who is now deceased. I wouldve loved to pick up the phone, call, and ask her 100 questions and listen closely to the answers to things I no longer remember; things I never knew.
This book is very respectful… it whispers. It whispers and slowly you surrender. If you are used to or prefer a barge in jump up and grab you bestseller, this one might be difficult for you. It’s a heartbreaking story, if you don’t appreciate your mom now, after reading this you might appreciate her a bit more. Especially if she was the kind to dote upon you..
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