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.
Classic Hamish and the town celebrate Christmas. Lots of Cheer to go around. Very light and feel good - no murders.
I read the raving reviews and couldn't wait to start this book - I finished it today, and I wish I could have my time back. You know what bothered me the most - the character development in this book is not bad. In fact, I would say that at least for the protagonist it was so good, the entire last hour of this book was a ridiculous joke. It was not terribly unpredictable, and it amazes me that I think these women were supposed to somehow have been redeemed completely from their poor behavior and decision making by one final act of bravery...
You cant tell me that someone who was not even a functional alcoholic, solved a crime, got the killer to make a full confession, came up with a plan, bonded with her arch nemesis and carried out the plan - all in the course of one afternoon. Maybe the woman she was supposed to be 4 years before all of this took place, but not the woman who rides the train drinking gin and tonic, making up stories in her head about people. The satisfied audience member that this author took me for - I was absolutely not. This book was grossly over worded. This story could have been told in 5 hours. Duped and Disappointed - I will be returning this book if I can.
Quick Listen, was impressed by how closely the movie followed. The Chatty wife and her silent husband. Having the book to follow along is a great activity.
At the time I thought this book should have ended or at least should have been wrapping up, there were 4 more hours left to go! The book then went on a rollercoaster that proved much more frustrating than fun. There is a difference between clever plot twists and things just thrown into the story to make it longer, more cluttered and cloudy! I guess this one was just not for me.
I purchased this book because they compared the writer to Jhumpa Lahiri - my favorite writer. Besides the fact that they both explore the lives of Indians in America torn between two worlds, and the intricacies of a family - the similarities end there. Although Thomas' story was touching, I didn’t find myself thinking about it once I'd finished the book. And although Akhil's story seemingly came out of left field, I suspect many of us expected it. We can be amused by the "time travel" aspect as we get to hear the thoughts of the character's in their time and we know what eventually happens (garbage bags with handles, phones you can use in your car). But I often found myself wondering how old Amina was at times - like Im 30, and have had my share of "auntys" but none of them are going to twist my ear in reprimand...I'm 30 not 10!
This is book is long - very long and endlessly meandering, by the end of the book, you would have juggled as many as 7 storylines. Feels like the author couldn’t make up her mind as to which of her character's wants to cater to, so we got a little of everything. This is clear even with the title of the book. They may have compared Mira Jacob's familial exploration to that of Jhumpa Lahiri, but Lahiri's silences scream. Jacob is not quite there yet, but I think she's well on her way. She can tell a story, and that is what makes this book worth the listen.
The Narrator, Scott Brick, did an excellent job of what I think AJ Fikry would have sounded like - the boredom, the care, the longing.
Amelia. I kept on picturing Penelope from Criminal Minds, just so quirky and likeable! She is also quite smart, and can go toe to toe with AJ, yet when he flubbed on the whole Late Bloomer fiasco, she considered his feelings first. Despite the grump AJ was, they complemented one another.
He *was* A.J. Fikry.
No, I wanted to hang onto it for a while - I listened to it in 3 sittings.
It seems like all stories these days need a vampire or a dystopian society. This story has a hook - the baby left in a bookstore, but we aren't hammered with that. The baby grows up, has a normal life, Her dad gets married - it's just normal. People who are self proclaimed book snobs, and live on an island - are just normal. It was a breath of fresh air. It might help that I too believe that you should share some sensibility with the person you love...or who loves you.
I would stick to one very well thought out and presented storyline
I'm leaving the Molly Murphy series, I think I'll stick with Her Royal Spyness
She is a fantastic Narrator, she made a difficult book a bit easier to stomach!
Well that completely depends on the listener. It didn't take me long to listen to, so it was not an utter waste of my time.
Tackling at least 3 different storylines- missing girl, strange convent, hero brother - was entirely too much. I'd rather a simple delicious meal, than a bland feast.
I have only ever heard the audio version, I'm not sure it would be better than the print version. I'm considering content as opposed to performance.
I loved August's family. The loving parents and sister really made this book a soft place to relax for a few hours. We understand that the children's friends loved being with this family, and I did too. We never got the idea that the parents, and sister did anything but love Auggie - even when it wasn't easy.
I appreciated the narrators, but it wasn't a book I would say to someone - listen to this! You MUST hear how it's read!
Yes, although I couldn't, I have listened to this book twice now. the first time in 3 sittings, the second time in 2.
"The Universe was not kind to August Pullman"I don't know if I can claim that whole heartedly. August was not beautiful and had to grow up in this society which places so much value on what someone looks like. I do not have the condition Auggie did, but experienced many of the situations this book portrayed. We have to accept that there are many more Julians in the world than Summers, Many understand by the end that it wasn't only what August looked like, but how he lived that made him a wonder, but the family that August had made such a difference for him. I know it's just a book, but even if the parents were written differently - it wouldn't have been the same book. If anything Auggie was fortunate to have a family who cared so deeply for him. This *was* kind.I just loved this book, I loved the underdog prevails "Matilda"-ness (another favorite) of it. It's heart warming in such a cold time. I wish the author would write another book visiting these characters.
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
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