I fell in love with this book. Upon finishing, I immediately listened to it again. The narration is so outstanding. I strongly recommended it to my book club and was shocked when no one who READ it liked it. They all found it too hard to follow. Apparently, this book is the perfect example of how listening to a good book can be much better than reading it. Because the actors change when a different character is speaking in the audible format, it is apparently much easier to keep track of the story and who is talking than when a reader navigates the book. Take a listen--you'll be touched and challenged. If you get lost, don't worry--just take each segment as a stand-alone gem. When you get to the end, enjoy all over again. Keep your eye on Bruno.
A book about a fat man--not really an appealing subject, but reviews were good so I gave it a try. What a treat! The characters came alive, and the two narrators were so exceptional.
An excellent narrator who made the book come alive. As others have mentioned, the harmonica music between chapters was a bad idea. I got over it though after a few chapters. Highly recommended.
I haven't read the print version, but I suspect the audio version is far and away better due to the excellent narrator. Her voice changes help you to follow who is speaking.
Outstanding character development. It's funny almost to the point of being ridiculous, but walks that fine line well.
Her singing (!), her comic timing, her voices. She seems to love the book and the characters. I felt like she was having a grand time reading it.
Yes, and I recommended it to friends before I was even 25% through.
Ending was a little too tied up, but hey, endings are hard.
Touching unique beautiful
I could see the characters, and I cared about them
Outstanding all around, great work with different voices
Not an option for me
Scott Brick's reading style just killed this one for me. Be sure to listen to a sample before you commit to hours of his style of reading. There's no dialog, so it's just you and Scott. He reminded me of the self-important newscaster on the old Mary Tyler Moore show. The books has lots of interesting historical facts, but I think would be better read than listened to. All those details and dates you would have scanned in a book are boomed into your ears. Skip it.
The narrators are so outstanding. I was spellbound and couldn't stop listening. I cared deeply for the 3 main characters. It was a jarring reminder of this "in my lifetime" historical period. I can't recommend this book enough.
I found myself absorbed in each of the stories about immigrant families. I was unprepared for the fact that the stories were not woven together in the end but found that I forgave that due to the captivating nature of each one. Excellent narration.
This is a very long book with lots of good things about it such as character development and narration, but it just fell apart for me in the final third--too way out there and not very believable or scarey, for that matter. Very disappointing.
I read this book several years ago and when it was suggested for my book club recently, I listened this time. What a treat for the ears. It's beautifully written and beautifully read. Very different from Poisonwood Bible. It will appeal to those reflective souls who are struggling with what's happening to our environment, our often hapless contributions to that and what humans often haplessly do to each other in relationships. Hopeful, beautiful.
Beautifully read. I was not a fan of his first book but loved this one. It reminded me a lot of his wife's book "The History of Love" in style and pace. Highly recommended.
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