This book is much deeper than I remembered from reading it years ago and also seeing the movie. Irving creates 3-dimensional characters and places them in a compelling story to examine the question of whether it's better to be unwanted or unborn. Really well done, including the narration.
I've been a member of Audible for years and am a voracious listener, and this is probably the best book I've ever "read" on the site. Captivating story. Describes a fascinating place as the backdrop of a riveting story line. Developed characters. Excellent plot. Well read. Well worth listening to.
Novel take on empathy, particularly for those of us who have studied psychology and are familiar with the disorders he's referring to. I had never thought of borderlines as lacking in empathy before -- I work with quite a few of them -- and it's a point of view worth considering. Not so sure that it adequately covers the subject of evil, though -- or perhaps it's just that it takes the punch out. If you want to get back on steady footing, watch Ted Bundy's swan song interview where he blames his crimes on the proliferation of pornography, saying he was just an
My kind of audiobook! I find the subject of psychopathy endlessly interesting and this one is well written and entertainingly illustrated with tales of various psychopaths. Well worth it if you like true life psychological thrillers.
Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.
Perhaps. It's an entertaining story but implausible and lightweight.
I found the narration to be self-consciously dramatic and overly gushing.
Having enjoyed the writer's previous books I was looking forward to listening to this one, but am disappointed. The characters are flat and the story is depressing, dull, and unoriginal. The narration seems forced and serves to highlight the novel's flaws.
made this painful to listen to at points, especially the uneven, ostensibly New York accent of one of the main female characters. Light entertainment otherwise, and would have gone down a lot easier with much less narrative dramatization. Audio publishers, please think twice about having male narrators enact the voices of women characters -- this one sounds like he's doing mock drag.
Mesmerizing and deep. Well developed characters, rich story. Sobering and depressing but worth the journey. I couldn't stop listening.
This is the audio equivalent of an engaging beach read for -- sigh -- the post 45 set. Good for relaxation, but also somewhat gratingly cliched.
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