I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fascinating on many levels: as historical fiction depicting the siege of Leningrad, a unique friendship between two people, a type of quest and a journey. The characters are well developed and the reader does a great job of bringing them to life.
I enjoyed the book, but not the reader. This is one that I would have been better of reading instead of listening.
Reader has a terrible fake upper crust British accent.
This book has been widely praised as the great new american novel. I read it as I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and was disappointed with the book from beginning to end. So many of the parts that deal with the issues of "freedom" are simplistic and cliche. While the reader does a good job with the material, I cannot say that I enjoyed any of it. Proceed with caution...
I tried this book because I loved Agent Zig Zag, but this one is not nearly as good. Perhaps because the protagonist is a corpse. The characters are not as well developed and the plot is slow.
I read this book after reading so many positive reviews for it. However I was greatly disappointed as the book is a series of long winded philosophical musings without much plot or character development. The story takes place in a a french apartment building where the concierge develops a friendship with a new Japanese tenant. Part of the book is narrated by the concierge who has a highly developed and unrealistic knowledge of art and literature from philosophy to The Matrix. It is also narrated by a 12 year old girl who lives in the building whose viewpoint is also very unrealistic for a 12 year old. The reader of the concierge part is very good, but the reader of the 12 year old girl part is annoying.
I loved 40% of this book! It tells the story of a father and his son who are both extremely odd and have a very dysfunctional relationship. Most of the book is told from the point of view of the son (the 60% I did not like) and 40% is wonderfully told by the father. The reader of the father portion is much better than the reader of the son portions. If you take the time to listen to it, there are a lot of moments of pleasure, however you have to wade through a lot of muck to get there.
I read the Angel's Game shortly after reading the wonderful "Shadow of the Wind." While both are set in Barcelona and use the city as a backdrop for the story, I found The Angel's game to be far less successful. The story is not as interesting and the characters less developed. The reader does a great job with the material, but cannot make up for the weak plot.
While the book has an interesting story - two sisters are forced from their native china and end up living in America, I was disappointed with the book overall.
This is a truly wonderful book. Terrific storytelling and character development. It is one of those books that yo do not want to end because you enjoy the characters so much. The reader does a great job as well in bringing it to life. I look forward to reading the prequel.
I really enjoyed this book. While it may not fall into the category of great literature, it is an entertaining and engrossing read. The narrator does a great job with the characters.
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