If there could be a perfect novel, or book, than this is it. Everything you have ever wanted in a story is written on over 900 pages and it brought tears to my eyes to see it finally offered on Audible.
I have read this novel many times and everything else by M.M. Kaye, it is like finding a long lost friend and though I haven`t even listened to this program yet, I already know that it will be the best 48 hours of my reading history.
This is an epic story that covers ever emotion known to man, transporting you to far away places and lingers on your mind long after it ends.......
I wish there were a zillion more M. M. Kaye novels hidden somewhere and we just found them. I can dream!!
This book had a great premise but I think it lacked the knowledge and research to make it a real winner.
I can see why there is an attraction to the overall story, the romance and sexual discovery of a young women along a more forbidden path was something we need more of, that and more plot to make at a page turner for me.
Lately I have been finding most books lacking, seems anyone can write a novel now a days. I guess I am looking for a literary genius type, Charlotte Bronte taken up a few notches, more strong females, liberated sex, but still with the literary prowess of the classics.
Narration is here nor there for me, it can distract, but if the story is great, listening goes beyond just hearing the words.
Yes, it could open doors for many more novels of this type, a cross over genre, romance meets erotica meets BDSM. Women have finally reached true liberation when they cannot just fantasize about sex, but read about it, write about it, talk about it and do it!!!!!
Yes I would listen again, the story was easy to understand if not relatable and since this is my first Hemmingway listen or read, I have no comparision. I was surprised to find his work mundane, but compelling enough to keep listening.
Yes, I would recommend this to others as the story was informative about various subjects and lifestyles of a bygone era.
I don't have a favorite, but the Scottish accent Hurt did for Mike was great!
This book did not have me on the edge of my seat, so I stopped and started as time allowed.
I was satisfied to have finally listened to the work of such an acclaimed author as Hemmingway,even if I was a little surprised at how mundane and simplistic his style seemed to me. I supposed nothing can take away from a great story, but if you prefer novels that are a little more wordy and challenging then you might want to pass on this one.
Since I haven't read the print version, I cannot compare, but on the other hand, having listened to quite a few audio books, I believe this to be a very good preformance, easy to follow and the monotone voice of the narrator suited the mood of the book.
Lots of these, mainly the way his charactor is describing his own thoughts, I think I have often felt the same way, as many people probably have, but we don't have the courage to act on them.
When Mallor went with new friends to a party, he felt out of place and at that moment realized how much even the normal activities of others left him indifferent and unmoved.
When he realized his dance partner was the one person who understood him, allowing him to discover for himself how he felt about her and relationships.
This book does not have a great title, most wouldn't know the meaning in translation, but it is very appropriate after listening to the story. I had known of it's existance as a classic, but until now, was not inclined to read it. I think the audible version would be better for people to understand as the story and the meaning of it, have been debated for years. Most of us could relate to Mallor and I feel Hesse draws attention to many deeper, darker thought processes we all have at one time or another. I enjoyed this book for pealing back and revealing some interesting layers of the human spirit.
To me, this was like a continuation of my fav story/movie. The Last of the Mohicans. I love the references to characters from other favorite books and thought the narrator did an amazing job.
I hope to read more from this author!!! I kept picturing Daniel Day-Lewis as Nathanial, oh my!!!!!
If I was a novelist, this is what I would have wrote. Love this book, loads of explicit sex, deviate characters and just a great debauched time had by all. A must read, but use your headphones!!!!
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