I really wanted to like this book because the subject matter was interesting, but even though it was unabridged it felt kind of choppy. Parts of it really dragged. And the narrator didn't bring anything to the story. I felt the reading was very pedestrian.
What a great story. Well-written characters, good plotting, intriguing view of life in 17th century America. I chose this because I had just finished "Beautiful Ruins" (which I loved) and I liked the narrator so much I wanted to hear him read again. I was not disappointed -- Edoardo Ballerini is the best narrator I've heard! I did not want to stop listening...now I can't wait to hear the next book in the series. Matthew Corbett is a great protagonist.
This was the first Jonathan Franzen book I read and I can see what all the hoopla was about. Such an interesting, original story with characters that stay with you long after the story is over. In fact, I hated to see it come to an end. Great narration, really added to the enjoyment of the book. Highly recommend.
This is definitely an odd little book, but completely enjoyable! Loved the Fangs in all their hilarious, complicated, messy glory. Great story, great narration. A fun departure from the usual.
...but it's been a slog. I'm only now half-way through (after several hours of listening) and I've just reached the point where Lincoln's been elected President! The level of detail is sometimes excruciating and it feels like a strong editor would have really helped it. Also, I think the narrator is less than ideal. Her voice is too monotone to hold my interest. Very disappointing.
I went straight from "I Feel Bad About my Neck" to "I Remember Nothing". How delightful to get to spend several hours in Nora Ephron's company! What a fascinating life she had...and how sad I am that she's no longer here. But how lucky we are to hear her words in her own voice. We'll remember her, with laughter and love.
I love, love, love Nora Ephron. So warm, so witty. The only thing better than the wonderful collection of essays in this book is that they're delivered by Nora herself. I felt like I was in the company of a friend, and a very funny friend at that!
I enjoyed this book immensely. It defies easy description but I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Such an intriguing cast of characters. And the narration was flawless. I'm so glad I had the audio version of this book instead of the print version -- the narrator really added to the experience. I highly recommend this book!
I loved this book, a fictional account of a woman's life in rural Virginia. The performer narrating the book did such a wonderful job -- she brought Ivy Rowe to life and I loved how her voice changed as the years passed and the character grew older. Very nuanced. I also really enjoyed that the entire book was told in letter form and I think that format is served especially well by being narrated.
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