The structure was very interesting. I was frustrated with how it jumped around and it was not always obvious how the story lines were related. I do believe that this lack of understanding stems from the bad narration that I sometimes just couldn't follow. I'm assuming that when read, it is a lot more enjoyable.
The woman's performance was ok. I found it a bit contrived and over-acted, but at least understandable and I could follow along.
The other man's performance (not Mr. Hosseini's) was absolutely dismal. Could not understand the story. Words were mispronounced, he put the stress on the wrong syllables and the intonation of the sentences was completely off. I really can't remember a thing of the story line that he narrated.
Yes, buy it in print and re-read it. I hope that I will come to like it as much as Mr. Hosseini's previous books.
I loved the narration by Hope Davis it made the book come perfectly alive. I loved the way she did the British and French accents (her German was a bit off). It was like listening to someone talking to you.
I enjoyed getting an insight into the mindset of a woman growing up in the 50-60s and being fully emancipated. I did constantly have to remind myself of the period the story takes place. Amazing how progressive in tought and subject matter Fear of Flying must have been when it was first published. Today, after Sex and the City and 50 Shades of Gray, we are used to women being so outspoken about such topics. No way was that so in the 70s!Self-analysis was a bit annoying at times. I kept thinking whether I was so naive and clueless when I was 27. But then again, I had to remind myself of when Izadora grew up and how analysis was the answer to everything at that time.
Izadora! Her attitude and internal monologues and dialogues cracked me up
Don't try to judge the book according to 21st Century standards and background because you will have a completely different experience.
I absolutely loved the writing, the descriptions, the details (like "he had a tall voice"), just such wonderful associations.
The book also showed everyday life in Germany during WW2 and how people had no choice but to carry on with the weekdays. The story showed the little miracles that made life in a war bearable, things that we take for granted in our world and our times. Makes you appreciate things more.
When Liesel is waiting for Max to get better and Rosa goes to the school to let her know (in code) that he woke
It is without a doubt the best performance from an audio book I've ever heard. Loved his voice and the accents he did, slightly German for Papa was my favorite. Also his pronunciation of the German words was flawless and he switched back and forth between English and German seamlessly. An absolute joy listening to him. A true performance, not just a reading.
I would take Rosa Hubermann. I'd like to find out more about her and why she showed a completely different personality and attitude to the outside world than what she was actually like
I highly recommend the book to anyone. Beautifully written and outstandingly performed, it shows the details of life in Germany during WW2 that few books do.
I enjoyed the British accent of the narrator. It added to the story. It was easy to listen to and kept me entertained for hours. It certainly ranks among the best audio books I've listened to.
His first volume of the Century Trilogy: The Fall of Giants. I like how he shows various layers of English society, down to the tiniest detail of their everyday routines. Classic rags to riches storyline, but I didn't find it predictable.
I loved Augusta Pilaster's character and the narrator's rendition of her.
The books starts off a little slow as the many charaters are introduced (again, typical Follett). That's the only reason I gave 4 stars to the story. But then things take off. If not all in one sitting, but it took me less than a week to finish it.
If you love Follett's books, this will not disappoint! The performance is great and the story line is full of love, intrigue, murder, the rich and the poor all mixed up in late 19th century London.
An absolute yes on Follett! I love his books and will read the printed version of this one. An absoutely no on the narrators. The "female" voices were laughable. I don't know how a self-respecting director could deem these performaces acceptable.
Yes and I already have - with a different narrator and it was great as I believe all of Follett's books are.
I didn't get far enough in the book (maybe an hour or so only) to find any
Don't buy the audio version of the book by these narrators. It is money out the window...
Without wanting to spoil the plot for those who haven't read the book yet, I thought that the idea of the "plague" was brilliant. I never saw it coming. It is also interesting to think about the moral issues lying in the background.
I love "travelling" through his stories and finding out so many details about places Langdon visits.
I got exactly what I expected from the book: another great Robert Langdon story. I don't see how those who say the plot is the same old pattern expected anything else. Dan Brown is good at what he does, why should he stray from it?
After reading the Kite Runner, I was excited to dwell into this book as well and did not disappoint. The characters are so vivid and well-rounded, I felt like I knew them. Their individual and then merging fate and stories are gripping. I had a "book hangover" after I finished it for several days. So memorable and meaningful.
Atossa Leoni's performance absolutely added to whole experience. It was beautifully read. I felt like she was sitting with me and just telling me a story.
I loved the way the book was structured, not only shifting back and forth between narrators but back and forth in time as well.
The narrators did a great job. They enhanced the content, you always knew exactly who was talking. I've listened to some bad performances recently, so I absolutely appreciated the lack of effort I had to put into concentrating.
I also liked that the ending is not your typical everyone lives happily ever after and it's kind of up in the air.
I think Amy was brilliant. Seemed kind of flat at first, but that was part of her unpredictable character, wasn't it?
Would definitely recommend. It's a refreshingly different read!
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