Possibly the best audiobook I've listened to all year. For me, one measure of a great audiobook is that it leaves me glad that I chose to listen rather than read the printed book, and this one certainly meets that mark. The narration was perfect.
The book itself was incredibly moving without ever being sappy...if you like Vonnegut, you should really give this one a try.
I've read all of Connelly's novels, and while this one isn't terrible, it's definitely not his best. Too much bloodshed, not enough story.
Also, I really don't like this narrator. His voice sounds oddly wheezy, which detracted from the story. I much prefer Peter Giles, who narrated some of Connelly's other recent books.
Beware when reading some of the other reviews on this site, as apparently people think it's acceptable to include spoilers withot warning you ahead of time...
This book was recommended to me by several people whose judgement I trust. However, I found it to be alternately interesting and annoying. Interesting in the time travel concept and the historical setting; annoying because several aspects of the story simply don't ring true. The author goes on and on about how fascinating this teacher is, and how all his students worship him, but never shows why exactly the boys admire him so sincerely. And the main character is portrayed as a godlike character...he doesn't come across as remotely believable or human, he just appears to be there to serve the author's plot purposes.
Also, the narrator uses an oddly toned and stilted voice when reading lines from the female main character...kind of breathy and contrived. I wish he'd kept to a more normal voice rather than trying to sound "feminine".
If you like historical fiction, you might enjoy this more than I did.
I couldn't stop listening to this book...it is a fascinating and nuanced portrait of the progress of Alice's disease and it's effect on her and her loved ones. Touching, but not maudlin.
During breaks between listening to segments of the book, I found myself thinking quite a bit about the philosophical questions raised along the way. This book really makes you think.
The narrator was a tad annoying at first, but I quickly fell into the story itself and didn't notice her voice at all.
This is a really good choice for an audiobook; I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much had I chosen the print version.
This book is informative and pretty well-written, but the narrator makes the baffling choice to read every quote (and there are several throughout the book) in a different voice, most of which sound absolutely ridiculous. Totally out of place in a serious non-fiction book, and I have no clue why somebody...the producer, for one...didn't stop him from narrating in this way.
Seriously. His accented voices are truly terrible...along the lines of "Vee haff veys to make you talk".
It's not quite bad enough to make me stop listening to the book (which is quite interesting), but it's enough to irritate me every single time he does it.
I couldn't even listen past the first ten minutes because the narration seemed so gratuitously slow to me. I picked up the print book instead, and now I'm inclined to think that part of the blame belongs to the author. I thought I would enjoy this book; what a disappointment.
The author combines the worst excesses of Hemingway and Faulkner...not an easy feat. I normally like both literary fiction AND apocalyptic scenarios, so my dislike of the book doesn't stem from either of those (as appears to be the case with many other negative reviews); I just can't stand the way Cormac McCarthy writes. I realize I'm in the minority on this one, so if you've liked other books by this author, feel free to ignore my review. Be forewarned; if you don't like this book after reading the first fifteen minutes (or first couple of pages), just cut your losses--it's not going to get any better.
I've listened to about 40 books since joining Audible, and this is one of my favorites. I love the author's voice, and the writing is wonderful--nothing too showy or flowery, just a really nice use of language. I do suggest that you read "Autobiography of a Face" before you listen to this book.
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