I love Mitch Albom and the way he writes and the messages he has to share. This book does have a good message though I felt this one was not as effective as his others have been. The narrator was excellent and his voice for each character was perfect. It is a short book and certainly well worth the time.
I regularly listen to Jodi Picoult. Though her books have some similarities, they are extremely well researched and very informative on their subjects. This book I found to be one of the most enlightening and interesting ones to date. The story of the wolves is fascinating and the way she intertwines it with the delicate situation at hand is genius. I always like to hear what this author has to say and love the ways she tells her stories. This is one of her best.
This is a very entertaining book whose story covers many time periods and topics. This all fits together perfectly for the listener's pure enjoyment. I like to listen to a variety of types of books and this one is great for such a fun and inventive fictional journey. Have fun.
This book has a cast of very contrasting characters with opposite stories and lives that eventually interweave and come together for a very satisfying read. I had a very hard time getting used to the narrator as she made the lead female characters sound like they were whiney thirteen year olds. Enjoyable from start to finish.
I got to this book as an email was sent saying it had won the Champion of Audiobooks. Well, I wonder what the criteria was in this competition. The narration was great, so that wasn't the issue, but the story, which started off kind of fun and interesting just turned into being the most completely ridiculous and unbelievable tale I've experienced in a long time. Really not worth the time.
This book is a great read. Wonderful characters, good plot, and insightful into the world of slavery. And yes, some of the content is not easy to stomach but the history of this subject is not pleasant either. It is interesting to observe our leading lady, Lavinia, as a child who sees no difference between black and white, she only responds to love, and how this difference is taught to her as she grows up and is separated from her black family because she is white. Both narrators are great in their roles. Loved this book.
Before purchasing an Audible book I like to read listener reviews and this book got an overwhelming number of great ones. The overall plot leads to the leading lady, Marina, going to the Amazon and this takes the entire first half of the book to happen. Kind of a long boring plod for me. Once in the Amazon there are some cool scenes of the actual environment and the story has some interesting developments and twists. But when the events reach the point of being so unlikely and unbelievable this book lost me as a reader/listener. I finished it but with my eyes rolling. But I must note that Hope Davis does a wonderful job as narrator.
This book is very informative and offers lots on the history of the Dominican Republic. In this respect the book is good. As far as the general plot, the story of Oscar, I found it to be quite depressing and somewhat boring. The stories of the other characters were much more interesting to me. If I was
I can see why this book won prizes. I have the utmost respect for the knowledge and skill this author has, to have written such an extensive historical, and fictional and really finely crafted novel. Just a bit heavy on the history for my reading pleasure.
I'm actually not sure if I've listened to these narrators before. Loved Jonathan Davis! Staci was really miscast for the character she was reading for.
Different narrator. I know authors typically don't make good narrators and this was no exception for me. Yes, it was nice to have the proper pronunciations of words but I other wise found him quite difficult to understand and felt his reading was quite cold.
No. In fact there are other Afghanistan specific books that I have loved. The Swallow of Kabul and the Bookseller of Kabul both great reads and way more informative on the Afghan situation.
Any one who is a professional narrator could have done a better job.
If I was editor, I would have guided the writer to make his foreshadowing and symbolism a little less predictable. For example, when Amir is in the big fight, he gets his lip split, and if it wasn't obvious enough, the writer has to tell us it's just like Hussin. Also, the fact that this big fight is with Osef, how coincidental, was the breaking point in the story for me. (Sorry about spellings and it was an audio book I may not have them correct). And of course, the second we hear there is a child, we know he is going to America with the barren couple. Hello, hey reader did you get that??
I'm very surprised this book is as popular as it is. I think it is clumsily written, very predictable and pretty sappy, even for a book where nothing pleasant happens.
I LOVED this book. Educational, informative, historical, but most importantly never at the expense of great characters and plot. The story covers many decades and the tension builds so perfectly it is impossible to stop listening. The narrator is just perfect and so gentle in his story telling. This is the best book that I've "read" in years.
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