This is one of my favorite listens so far. The two narrators go back and forth in time. Usually when this technique is used, I find myself more interested in one story than the other. Not in this book. As the narrators (who are both excellent) tell their story, I am captivated. What makes this book interesting to me is that it took me to the world of the circus, introducing me to characters that were sad, funny and entirely human....even the animals. I highly recommend this book.
I would give five stars for the excellence of the research. Letters written by our founding fathers provide details perhaps not generally known today. For myself, I needed to fast foward through far too many parts, although this may speak for my own dislike of detail about the politics of the time. I wished for more personal details about the characters and more information about life during this exiting period of our history. I just got bored after the third section. I do recommend this book for those who like historical detail about "what happened when".
I have forced myself to listen to the half way point. I cannot identify with, or empathize with any of the boring, tedious, unbelieveable characters. The constant footnotes are incredibly annoying and have no point that I can see...at least not so far as I have listened. I have decided to abandon this book....something I rarely do, because I simply don't care about the characters. There is no plot so far, and I am trying figure out why I even bought this book.
My only criticism is that the book is perhaps a bit too long. Not a lot too long...just a bit. There was a time towards the end that I felt it dragged. This is a wonderful example of historical fiction at it's best. Well researched, I learned a lot about the day to day life of 12th century England. The author manages to involve the characters in important historical events of the time. I recommend highly.
I loved this book. As one reviewer notes, it is not a happy story. However, it is a real story about real people. The author goes back and forth between what is happening now, and memories of what happened at an earlier time. Through these memories, we come to understand the characters, although I did not necessarily like all of them. I highly recommend this book. Well narrated. I couldn't put it down!
Jodi Piccoult is has a formula for her newest books. This is yet another book about a mother traumatized by the possible loss of her child. Long boring uninteresting trial takes up half the audio. I had to fast forward to get through it. I loved her earlier stuff, so I was very disappointed. I personally disliked the narrator who over acted each part. I cannot recommend this book.
I really enjoyed the story. It was well read, and explores the aftermath of a suicide attack from both the Israeli and Palestianian perspective. I feel that the author attempted to present a non biased story to demonstrate the horror that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become. I believe that it is important to note that the Israeli "atrocities" are all in response to suicide bombings. The pain inflicted on the Palestinian's following such a suicide bombing is explored in detail. There is no exploration of the pain of the families of the children blown up by the suicide bomber. That being said, the story is well worth a listen.
I am a fan of Jodi Pocoult. This is the first of her books that I really disliked almost from the beginning. Perhaps it seemed worse because the narrator so overdramatized the thoughts and words of the protagonist, particularly in regard to the child. The character of the mother was unsympathetic and not to be believed. Furthermore the "surprise" at the end of the story was not explained, was not plausable and nearly impossible to have occurred. Pass this one up.
I usually choose my audible selections carefully, reading reviews, etc. This book was so very disappointing. The protagonist was not be believed. I simply could not emotionally connect to him at all. Furthermore, the story line is poor and the implication at the end of what became of the missing children was almost funny...because it is so unbelievable. To make it worse, this book goes on and on. This is also the very first narrator I have felt was simply not very good. He annoyed me. Skip this one.
The book follows the lives of two women over a period of 40 plus years. Set in Afghanistan, the tale is set against the history and politics of this country about whom most of us know so little. I come away from this book with a new understanding of the rise of the Taliban, the role of the US and the USSR in the political history of that country as well as a deep affection for the characters of the story. Good narration as well. A book worth reading.
a magnificently written, beautifully narrated story of hope in the midst of despair. A must read! I loved it.
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