At first I thought I made a mistake in downloading because it was shorter than most books; however, I appreciate the author not going down circuitous paths with the story or characters. It was a good listen, as all of this author's books have been.
I have had my audible.com membership for about a year now, got it to make it through a cross-country move. Listened to The Help for my first choice and have been a little disappointed with all others since then.... until I came to Cutting for Stone. Amazing! Loved the story, the characters, the reader, everything about it! It is long but definitely worth the listen.
I generally like Franzen's writing and believe he creates really interesting characters that you want to follow. While I wanted to know more about Patty, Walter, Richard, and most of the others, I was dissatisfied with the ending. What happened to their son? So much time was spent on his relationship throughout the book, and then they were just kind of dropped toward the end. And I found Franzen's fascination with birds to creep into Walter's nature work, leading to sections that went on a little too long for me. All in all, I'm glad I listed to the book, but on the whole, I don't believe it lived up to all the hype. I was expecting outstanding; it was just very good.
As an educator, this book had been recommended to me by several colleagues but I'd never taken the time to pick it up. It was a fascinating read, and I'm especially glad I chose to listen to it on audible.com.
While this was an interesting story and held my attention over the time it took to listen to it, I found Percy (the widower) to be pretty selfish. Considering all the angst that others in his life were going through, I found it annoying that he generally put himself above everyone else in his life. It might have been a more interesting story to have taken place about 10 years earlier in his life.
I had been meaning to read this book for a few years and, on the recommendation of a friend, I selected it as a audible.com read. While I had a hard time getting into it at first, I'm glad I kept listening and made it through. It's an unusual story, well-read by Jeff Woodman.
Cynthia Nixon's voice was the best part of listening to this story. Because it was fairly lightweight in terms of story line, her reading of it made it go pretty quickly. Not sure it was worth my total monthly credit, but it wasn't the worst thing I've listened to!
This was the first book I listened to on audible.com, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the multiple narrators who each brought the various characters' voices to life. The story was everything I hoped for, based on recommendations of friends who'd read the hard copy.
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