Every moment of this book is an entirely pleasurable, satisfying and intelligent listen. It was such a quenching experience that it's hard to identify a comparison. From fascinating, complex characters to cold war spy intrigue to sexy swinging London, written in unrelenting gorgeous prose. This isn't a just good story, it's an AMAZING work of literature — and you, dear reader, are implicated in this tale!
I read this book after finishing Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth thinking nothing could equal the satisfaction of that intelligent and brilliant book about stories themselves. But True Believers met the match! Both books are rich with complex ideas to grapple with and the readers provide an even deeper level of satisfaction as they seem to perfectly inhabit the protagonist's voice. Being a 57-year-old, I remember the tensions and intrigues of the past with both fear and sentimentality, so these books had particular resonance and significance. Both books deliver all the pleasures of Ian Fleming's 007 while True Believers in particular offers deep reflections on the psyche of a generation. This is not just a GREAT book, but offers a valuable image to explain the American consciousness.
Sweet Tooth and True Believers make a great double-billing with their similarity of content, although different in subject. A follow-up read of Sotomayor's "My Beloved World," makes for a trifecta!
I can't remember the last time I read a story that I wished wouldn't end and that was SO pleasurable to "read." Perhaps it's been since The Time Travel's Wife. Not only is the story fascinating, but Bianca Amato exquisitely delivers Niffenegger's writing. The tale is a bit gothic, but wonderfully so, offering intriguing and psychologically curious characters. The tale is a simultaneity of the fantastic wrapped in the domestic. An odd and wonderful mix. It's been two days since I finished the book and still feel haunted.
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