I bought this book after having read the Namesake, because I had enjoyed it so much. I was not disappointed. Each of the nine stories in this book offers a brief glimpse into the narrator's life. The stories offer no grandiose defining moments, but rather a very simple series of affecting moments, most of which center on an Indian protagonist. An American boy's relationship with his Indian nanny; a travel guide in India shares his imaginative subtext as he spends a day with an Indian-American family; etc. The narrator did a wonderful job on this project. I do wish there had been a bit longer break between stories...perhaps with a little music to aid in the transition. I also wish I could have smelled and tasted all of the food in this book! I realized, that during the two weeks I listened to this book, I'd been drawn to cook Indian food twice! (Quite out of the ordinary for me!)
Alla youse who negated Sarah's narration are SO missing the point. These essays ARE Sarah. Who else could possibly narate her stories as well as she does? If you enjoy her stories...you enjoy the quintessential Sarah. If you enjoy the quintessential Sarah, then it is her VOICE you are drawn to. C'mon...listen with your head instead of your arse!
OK, I liked the book, but I really miss the girlfriend Robin and Spike. While they made a modest appearance in this novel, it wasn't enough. The new chick's OK, but she's no Robin. Kellerman has crafted yet another, "can't wait to see how it finishes" mystery. I found myself driving a bit more slowly as I approached home because I didn't want to stop listening to the story. Milo is very present in this novel and as a result you get to know his character better, although Rick was hardly mentioned. The more I learn about this detective with the big, meaty paws, the more I like him.
This book was giddy fun from the very first Brit-accented sentence, through to the happy ending. Light and fluffy -- this book is the penultimate beach tome.
I love the message this book put forth, but I was not happy with the reader's presentation of the message. IMHO she somehow managed to make the author seem pompous and arrogant. I've listened to other audio books read by this particular reader (novels) and have enjoyed them tremendously, but this one just didn't come across well for me. In a non-fiction audio book I think it's important to have a reader take on the persona of an author more so than in a fiction book; after all, it's the author's voice that needs to come across and not a fictional character. As I listened to this book I kept having to remind myself that it was not being read by the author. PS -- I just ended up ordering a paper copy of the book because I really liked it and wanted my husband to read it. I knew that if he tried to listen to it, he wouldn't be able to get past the reader's interpretation.
I knew nothing about the premise of this story prior to beginning it (a friend suggested it so I got it without even reading the summary). As a result, the beginning was a bit slow because I was feeling a little confused, but once I understood what was going on, the love story between the two main characters totally enveloped me. What a creative and unsual way to tell a story -- I loved it! The language used and the level of detailed description supported the story in every way. I highly recomend it.
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