I thought Bill's narration was too fast and monotoned. I would like to buy the book for all the great references of charities and organizations. It's not something that's meant to be listened to. However, I did really enjoy his accounts of givers and their stories. The rest is just hard to remember.
I enjoyed this book, thought the two narrators were excellent and the storyline was intriguing. However the main character didn't resonate with me, he was very two dimensional.
I loved this book! The characters are thrilling and the storylines are intense. This is more of a love story, love for another human being and passion for one's work, around the building of a cathedral. It's more fiction than historic fiction. I thought parts of it were predictable, but then there were definitely parts that left me in complete shock and every time I put it down I was compelled to pick it back up. Don't let the length of the book throw you off, it's definitely a page turner, I finished listening to it in a week and half.
Middlesex was extremely well written with a fasinating topic, and the narration was very smooth. I found the story hard to listen to in the beginning but grew to love the historic settings, colorful characters, the family secrets, and the difficult coming of age of Calliope.
I read the Kite Runner and was blown away by the insight into Afghanistan culture and the day to day lives of people on the other side of the world. Really, their lives aren't so different from ours, they have the same dreams and hopes as we do, and they fear and abhor war and tyranny just as we do. This second novel extends that insight by showing us Afghanistan from two women's perspectives as their lives intertwine with the people and world around them, and as they survive regime after regime of terror, in their own home and in their country. The narrator was terrible though, her voice was monotone, and her story telling seemed forced at best. That's really my only complaint.
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