The story reminded me of the "magic realism" of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you enjoy that type of writing, you will enjoy this. The book takes place in India. The main character's life parallel's India's growth as an independent nation, including struggles with Pakistan. There were parts of the book that were fast-paced and extremely engaging, but I found there were also parts that my attention lagged during. I felt that was due to the book itself, not to the narrator.
In spite of the fact my husband and I are getting divorced, and we both very much want to stay close friends (and so far are), this book didn't feel relevant at times to me.
There were some good insights, but there were also parts I found annoying.
I wish there had been a professional narrator.
I also wish the format had been edited. It appeared to have been a series before, that was combined into one recording. Therefore, it "sells" the next section, and often repeats things that were already said. In spite of the repetition, the order didn't make sense. At one point I thought I had skipped backwards (but hadn't).
I couldn't finish listening to this.
This book is based on research with other couples and what types of issues in their relationships made them happy they separated or happy they stayed and worked on issues. I had just separated from my husband when I listened to this, so I had already made my decision, but this book made me feel more confident in myself and that decision. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice as well.
I loved the narration. The book is written from multiple characters' points of view, and the narrator changes every time the point of view shifts (basically at each major chapter).
I liked the book itself - but found myself a little frustrated by the shifting points of view. Depends on the listener's personality - kind of cool seeing the same events from such different perspectives, but I was sad to leave my favorite characters to move into someone else's skin.
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