Have always loved this story and the audible production was like visiting an old friend. It's so very romantic and Jean Paget is a strong female character. Beautifully read and I particularly enjoyed the turns of phrase that have disappeared over time....my word I did.
Phew....talk about the minutiae of life - there's that and so much more of that. I listened to the end and was rewarded with some stellar phrases and images. The characters plodded through this book but the narrator soared.
It's a wonderful novel full of flawed character of human, equine and canine persuasion. It is very long however and without an expectation of a fulfilling ending you won't be disappointed. It just kind of fizzles out like a worn out candle. But no doubt about it, Smiley can write.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. No wonder the book has topped the best seller lists here in Australia. I think that Stephen Fry could read a shopping list and still have my undivided attention. I listened in 40 minute chunks and I think that digesting in larger portions could lessen the enjoyment.
Loved the book, loved the mini-series and this audio book is better than either. This sweeping tale and the characters living within are very engaging and without much effort you are soon living in Delano.
I was expecting something quite different but regardless it was engrossing and enjoyable. Narration is outstanding and you won't be disppointed. I look forward to the HBO series.
Bill Bryson has written another engrossing 'chat' full of so many trivial, yet fascinating facts, that I was drawn back to it until the finish. Could listen to it again. Bryson is the king of droll.
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