The idea that 'ordinary' people could do something so out of the ordinary.
Tom, he was such a tortured man in so many ways.
Noah Taylor is a great actor. He should stick to acting. As a narrator I found him frustrating...he would speed up the narration at the beginning of a new paragraph...then slow down and fade at the end of a sentence. And I swear I heard him yawn at one stage! If not for the engrossing story I would have given up after the first hour...but I had heard it was a good tale so I kept going. But his narration annoyed me right to the end. Sorry Noah...but stick to what you do best :)
Audible...please re record this fabulous story with a different narrator.
It is hard to say, I think that it would be a great read/listen either way.
Kind of. It was more the visualisation of the island and the lifestyle that had me enthralled.
No, this was the first one.
It makes me want to travel to the Hebrides and explore the islands!
A good story in a great setting. Give it a try.
Yes, always love Marian Keyes books, but this is not one of her best I don't think.
I would recommend it as it is fine...just not fabulous.
She commanded all the voices very well. Even the male voices were believable.
No, you would make another Marian book into a movie instead...This Charming Man for instance...that would be a great film!
Not a waste of time by any means, just a bit lacklustre.
Yes and no. Perhaps I would recommend they read it rather than listen to it as I found the narration annoying. The subject matter, however, is so interesting and almost beyond belief. I did not know anything at all about Boliva, the prison system, drug making etc. and I found it almost fantastic.
The time the protagonist spent in solitary confinement in the first months he was jailed were riveting.
I thought the voice of Thomas was irritating but he did the other character voices well...it was difficult to connect the voice of Thomas to the character he was portraying.
No. It ended properly and did not lead to a sequel.
A good story spoiled by an irritating narration.
Everything. The narrator is wonderful. The characters are 'alive' ... the story believable.
Boris. I am in love with Boris.
Boris! (see above)
But also loved Theo and Hobie. Even the awful characters are made interesting and likeable in a way...
The Goldfinch. This is actually a book with a name that is really suited to it.
Don't hesitate to listen to this book...it is 32 hours of your life you will not regret!
Everything.....I love the narration, the story, the dialogue, the description of feelings, scenes ...it is the best book I have listened to for a long time.
Yes...and even though the reader knows the outcome before commencing the book, you cannot but help hoping for a miracle.
Her voice made the story for me...the way she brings Agnes into the room with you, the use of the Icelandic accent, she is very very good.
Cry. Over and over again at the end.
Don't hesitate, just listen to it!
Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.
It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!
Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.
An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.
Down the bottom of the list :(
Underwhelmed. Really underwhelmed.
The narrator was fine, it was the writing style that was so annoying. Polly Stone is very good at the accents and inflections.
Everything about the first half of the story that related to the child and her circumstances. Horrific to think that the round up and distribution of the Jews happened so recently in our history and even more horrific to think that the 'story' could be based on an actual event..
Great story, good narration, but very annoying writing style - I just want to poke the author in the eye!
Yes I have recommended it to my book club to stretch us out of our usual comfort zone. The subject matter is macabre and unsavoury, but it's a bit like a road accident...you know you don't want to look but find yourself rubbernecking anyway.
Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style
Competent, engaging, clear.
Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.
Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.
Storyline, characters, narrator...the whole package.
The humour - laugh out loud moments. Very Australian humour though, so be warned if you are not an Aussie as it may be a bit parochial.
His voice is perfect for the character Don. I wish I could find more books narrated by him.
Don. He's an absolute gem...read it and see why!
This book was chosen for our bookclub and I was dubious about it when I read the blurb...but it is right up there in my top book selection.
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