I was reluctant to read another Holocaust book. I felt I was "saturated" with this topic, but decided to get it anyway because of the great reviews. I was not disappointed. The Lost Wife is a masterfully written novel and I felt so absorbed in it I could not listen to anything else for a week after finishing it. The author has this incredible ability to paint with words and conduct emotion in such a way, I felt like I was actually there, in Prague, in Terezin, and in Auschwitz. I recognized that "hollow shell" existence that many survivors had after liberation from seeing this in my own grandparents and my mother. They could never be the same after living through this horror. Despite wanting to cry a lot during many passages, I find this literary creation to be top notch. Great narration, too!
The Beautiful American was simply wonderful - a great story, well developed characters, masterful narration. I felt like the book had so many themes relevant to all: universal human imperfection, true love and friendship, war and betrayal, kindness and brutality. The story feels authentic, honest, believable, with a very satisfying ending. This one stands out. I was thoroughly engaged, and will be looking for more by Jeanne Mackin.
Mediocre bodice ripper/crime novel with great narration by Jill Tanner. After this, I am not interested in other books by Jennifer Donnelly.
This book is full of minute details I did not care about. I did not care about the characters, ether, and stopped listening after about 6 hours of boredom. I don't understand all the praise. All this is "filler"! Who cares about you buying pink matching robe and slippers! Who cares your husband left the lights on! Complete crap and will be promptly forgotten.
It was all down hill for me after Astrid confessed about killing her own baby. I did not understand how Veronika could be so accepting of infanticide and had not questioned this at all. After this point, I stopped liking the book, and became very uneasy. I kept thinking Astrid probably sped up her husband's death, or she was going to kill herself, or will kill Veronika with her bloody poisonous mushrooms. There was not enough "beef" in the book to justify this infanticide committed out of Astrid's own hatred. The rest of the book was sugary sweet and melodramatic. However, Linda Olsson's other audiobook - Memory of Love - is wonderful and highly recommended.
The quality of this recording is plainly poor. A different narration(or an ongoing conversation) is heard in the background for almost all of the first half of this book. It is very distracting and I almost stopped listening. The male narrator sounds like an old man, even when acting as the young artist Nicola. I really did not even like anyone in this book until introduction of the blind Eleonore. Terry Donnelly saved the day and I give this book 3 stars for performance, just because Terry is so great. Overall, a wasted credit.
At first, I had trouble "getting into" this book - a lot of foreign names to sort through. However, I kept listening and got completely engrossed in it. For sure, this is one of the greatest work of literature of our times, and I don't declare it lightly. What an amazing portrait of humanity with all its flaws, a slice of life painted with masterful strokes. The destinies of main characters - a widow, two taylors, and a college student intersect for a year.They become an unusual family of sorts, enjoying companionship, friendship and mutual support.
The book has a very sad ending. It is probably more true and realistic then the "good" endings I like to enjoy at the end of stories. Do not miss this novel, it is a true gem.
An absolutely wonderful and touching story! Daughters of the Witching Hill brought tears to my eyes...Terry Donnelly is great as always - she is one of my favorite narrators. It was fascinating for me to understand this piece of 17th century's English history and culture. I am amazed how these poor unfortunates were able make a living using divination, begging and fear. Not a good living, but a temporary reprieve from hunger and cruelty of the surrounding world. Robbed of comforting catholic rituals and left with no protection against the powerful, women of the Pendle Hill had to fill the void in their souls and bellies by something - so called witchcraft. Said and uplifting at the same time, "Daughters of the Witching Hill" is well worth your time.
I was looking for a book that was narrated by Terry Donnelly, any good book, since I love her voice and find her to be amazingly gifted. Initially, I was hesitant to buy this book because of 1 poor rating and luck of Audible reviews. I am glad I did!
Vanishing Point is a very believable story that touched my heart - story of love and loss, happiness and pain, devotion and cruelty - story of human condition. Wonderful character development and attention to detail. I cried at the end - please do not worry, this book does not have a bad or dissatisfying ending, but because of how real the characters were to me. I did not want the book to end.
The story line is well described in the Library Review, and I don't want to give anything away. I have a feeling this book will be more appealing to women than to men. If you love good fiction with a historical background, this is it!
Listened to this book for 8 hours and quit... Really interested in Borgia s, however, non of the characters captured my imagination or engaged my heart/brain. Love Eduardo Ballerini - he is phenomenal, but he cannot make a poorly written book to be great. I read other books by Sarah Durant, found them to be lucking something - authenticity, perhaps?Characters not fully fleshed out? Will be asking for a refund.
I guess I am of the minority opinion - I was left feeling empty and dissatisfied after reading this book. Something is lucking. I can't even say that I disliked it - the book is just bland, like a meal cooked by a beginner. It will obviously have a sequel - the Epilogue is leading me to believe this, but I have no intention of ever listening to it. It seems like the author threw together few fantastic and unbelievable characters, magical beliefs from Jewish and Arab cultures. What is the point of this? The lasting peace in the Middle East?!
As far as a description of the immigrant experience, it is just filled with glum and doom. There are so many better works of literature describing it.
George Guidall is great as always, but he did not "save" this book for me.
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