So I am a huge fan of Jonathan Franzen, I like the audio book format and the narrator (as other reviewers have noted) is excellent. However, this was an ordeal to finish. The book and the characters are angry, bitter and I didn't want to spend any more time with them. Give this a miss and try the corrections instead.
So I really tried.....I got through about 5 hours but I just couldn't continue - nothing happens
I liked the idea of a main character who spends most of his time writing letters, the style and narration are good but don't say you were not warned. It is so incredibly dull.
This novel follows the four members of the Cooper family through the mother's illness. The narrator is very good, and really adds to the experience giving each character a unique voice. This is helped by Leavitt's perfectly targeted style and each character is so perfectly realised that you feel like you could recognise them. The book leaves a long-lasting afterglow. Highly recommended, along with all of Leavitt's other work.
This is an audiobook which is done very well. The accent of the reader adds to the drama and this title is very much recommended.
Hats of to Anthony for doing this book and there is much to be commended in this story. Overall I appreciate the book but I didn't finish it. I felt a little bit like I was listening to a speech and found it hard to connect with it.
I am a huge fan of A.S. Byatt's Posession, and there are many similarities in this latest book. As an audiobook, the Narrator does a wonderful job with many different characters and story threads.
However, be warned, this is long - over 31 hours, and follows the lives of two generations of a constellation of families living in the English countryside at the turn of the 20th century. This is a very English novel, full of cups of tea, letters and London's museums.
Byatt is brilliant on the gathering forces of England and Germany at the beginning of the 20th century and despite the many different story threads and length I very much enjoyed the time I spend with this book.
One of the things I love about audiobooks is listening to them as I walk. I think this audiobook is perfectly suited to walking, as Proust is often describing his thoughts as he walks. I have downloaded other versions of Swan's way, but this one is the best. The narrator is a little fast sometimes, however given the length - this is not much of a problem. Overall, this is highly recommended and I have totally enjoyed it!
I loved it so much that when my ipod said that I only had 20 mins left of the story I could not bring myself to finish it, and it took a full week before I could bring myself to have it ended.
The narrator does a terrific job, and it very well produced. It is a rich and dazzling story - highly recommended.
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