le carre reading le carre, what could be better? I found the first few hours to be confusing and sometimes tedious, but once the story takes off, it is riveting. And ripped from the headlines: what an opportune time to be thinking about surveillance, privacy, outsourced military action, and overstepping governments. Terrific story, beautifully drawn characters.
don't be deterred by the length -- I never wished this book to be shorter. Lots of chills and thrills and great scenery along the way. Have recommended it to lots of different readers and all have enjoyed it.
Narrator needs pronunciation lessons. Anything European throws him, esp French. Makes him sound amateurish. Does anyone listen into these recordings??
Was annoying but in the end, I forgave.
Three such different books -- Augustus, Stoner, and Butcher's Crossing -- all memorable. This one takes the tired western genre and kicks it back up to literary masterpiece, a coming of age tale told with cinematic sweep and exquisite writing. Some sections were so thrilling that I listened 2X. I mean twice, not doublespeed!
There's a reason so many people admire, revere John Williams -- I then went and listened to Butcher's Crossing, so very different and also wonderful.
despite the horrifying context of pedophilia, our heroine will win your heart and i guess I would even read another one. I did keep waiting for Kick's hair to figure more prominentl in the action, didn't you??
i listened at 2x for 2 reasons: i wanted the next plot twist (that's good) and the narrative was bloated (that's bad). But you'll overlook the latter for the former. I thoroughly enjoyed this, for all the yucky Upper East Side self-satisfied parts of it, found it insightful and always absorbing.
If you're gasping for air at the tedious engineering of it all, hang on for a while...once the real story of rescue kicks in, you'll enjoy this Robinson Crusoe - Apollo 13 sort of roller coaster romp. An exercise in critical thinking and imagination and solitude. Don't expect three dimensional characters (and the stereotype narration of German accents made me cringe) but I stuck with it till the end.
A roller coaster of a plot and several memorable characters. I suspect that this was far better as an audiobook than it would have been in print....a teensy shmaltzy, but forgivably so. And while the writing rarely soars, the story of family lost and found, the trauma of the war, and young women forging their lives and identities during the London blitz never lagged. Heroes to cheer, villains to hate, and a satisfying range of grey to provoke deep questions of ethical choices and as the title suggests, when to keep secrets -- and when to release them. I probably logged several thousand miles of flights with this book, and it was a welcome companion. Was sorry to see it end.
Nothing good but the title.
After several hours in which I had nary a moment of reader-delight, I abandoned ship -- something I rarely do. Thin characters, thinner plot. Narration OK but can't dress up a lackluster book. Leaving in search of richer reader waters.
Book first, technology second. This is a masterpiece, a bildungsroman that is as unexpected as next year's news, but as traditional in its values of story-telling, characters, and insight into yup, the meaning of life and art. Guess you can tell that I loved it.
This is the first book for which I bounced back and forth between text (well, e-text) and audio. The ability to have either one jump forward to the right spot was downright magical, gave me a giggle every time it happened. But also, i would not have missed either the fabulous narration (especially as voice of The Mother and Hobie) nor the power of the written word.
don't miss. Only MIddlemarch-ian books get my 5 stars, so consider 4 my 21st century 5 stars.
I really tried to like this story but could not. I believe Restless is, for instance, a terrific book, but this one? I suddenly thought I'd missed the real William Boyd. As the story careened from improbability to improbability (and yes, I DO like fiction), I lost interest, and by the time our hero got to Nigeria, I was outta there. I rarely don't go the distance on an audiobook.
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