In listening to this book, I kept waiting for something remotely redeeming to be introduced into an on slaught of illustrations about the lowest type of human behavior - but it never happened. Kind of depressing.
I thought Amy Johnson did a very good job narrating probably the most offensive, awful, degrading, demeaning, piece of trash I've ever had the misfortune to listen to. What part of, involuntary imprisonment, torture, starvation, manipulation through violent physical and mental abuse coupled with violent rape do you folks find entertaining, because I'm not seeing it... at all!!!!!!
Wow, where do I start?
1. It's offensive
2. It sexualizes cruelty and violence
3. It is absolutely demeaning and degrading to women - unless you like to read about a woman held against her will, starved into subservience, brutalized and stripped of her dignity - and that's just the first two hours.
4. The story line is absurd
All of it!!!
What a total waste of time and money, horrible!!!!
This book was horrific. To say the least, it was just an awful story that left me feeling sick. I hate to start a book and not finish it, but I have to say that all through this book I kept asking myself, why are you listening to such a miserable, vicious, hateful story. YUCK!
At least the author could have had some justice surface at the end of this story, but no, manipulation, selfishness, cruelty, and their like all win in the end... how nice?!
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get through it. Too many aberrant mental processes and behaviors, kind of torturous to read.
I felt a bit sideswiped by this story, in that I wasn't quite prepared for the hateful and yet detached abuse this man endured as a child. It's pretty hard to listen to, and I found myself dreading those parts of the story. On the other hand, it's pretty fabulous to listen to his decisions to become a better man, be a better father, and not become like his abuser.
I thought this book was beautifully narrated, and I loved the story. I learned many things about WWII, and it was interesting hearing a perspective from a country other than America. My only complaint is that I think it ended too abruptly. Actually, I could have handled the ending if there had been a sequel written to fill in all the information that was left out at the end; for example, Anna's story is so compelling and yet we never find out what happened to her after she fled into the mountains or what made her decide to establish the business she undertook after the war; nor does the author reveal their journey on the boat as she goes through heroin withdrawl. I think it would have made the story much richer at the end, as Nick's story was not nearly as interesting or dramatic, although I enjoyed hearing about him too.
This was an interesting and engaging story. I just wish the author would have made the main characters a little older and wiser - they seemed a bit one dimensional and underdeveloped.
The best part about this book was DAVINA PORTER!!!! She can take a mediocre story and make it into something special... she is the best!!!
The narration of this story was wonderful, I love Simon Vance! But, even under his excellent narration, the story line was weak and inconsistent, sounding more like a shallow romance novel and much less like the intricate adventure stories that preceded it. This book was not nearly as interesting as the previous books, and in some parts was painfully predictable, cliche, and sappy. Phedre and Joscelin are barely a part of this story, with Phedre coming off more like Mary Poppins and Joscelin spouting an inane comment here and there in her wake. She has none of her whit or cunning and poor Joscelin has practically been neutered he's so bland and unimposing. And what happened to Hyacinthe! Why bring him into the story at all if you're not going to develop his character somewhat? It's just way more irritating than interesting, and it certainly doesn't help the story. It would have been better to leave out some of the characters, rather than water them down to a shadow of what they'd been in the previous books. What happened?
While this book was an interesting read, it left too much unsaid, unexplored and unexplained. This was one of those rare occasions where I found the movie to be much richer and more thought provoking than the book (which really surprised me).
I loved this book. It is beautifully written with language that is so rich and descriptive it teases the imagination.
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