This is a great novel that delves into the Japan of 1799. If you love a story with history and a peek into the Japanese and Dutch culture of that time period, you will enjoy this novel. The only thing that was a little odd was that the narrator would portray a Japanese character with English Cockney accents.
I've read the first two books of this series and I have seen the TV portrayal. Then I wanted to switch to an audio version while I walked each morning. I really tried to get through the book because I know the novel is great. But the narrator just turned me off completely. He is very, very good with the various forms of English accents, but his raspy voice of an older man just doesn't convey properly the other characters of a woman, young man or boy. That is when I decided that it would be best to continue to just read the books and let my own imagination be the voices of the characters.
Excitement and bravery by both men and women. It was not just one dimensional. I really liked the characters. It may be farfetched in some places, but it doesn't matter. It was still a great thrill ride.
I tried listening for a couple of hours, but I just could not empathize with the concierge. She was as pretentious as the upper class patrons of the apartment building that she disdains so much. The girl? So naive, yet she believes she is worldly. Since I could not get into the characters, I could not enjoy continuing to listen to the book. Periodically I would go back to the book to see if it gets better. So far it has not.
At first I was distracted by the childish narration and struggled for the first few minutes. But after awhile I got it and relished the different perspective of a child whose entire world is living in a garden shed. There is so much to rave about. So heartfelt to see the world from the eyes of a child who has experienced the worst and best from humanity.
I usually listen to books while I'm doing other things such as cleaning house or running errands. So at times I can be distracted and miss a portion of a book. This was a book that held my attention and was so exciting. Very good and well worth credits or money spent. I am now a big fan of Greg Iles and I'm going to look for other books.
I've listened to it twice, I've enjoyed it so much. The storyline might be familiar, reminiscent of a classic, but it has been updated
I really wanted to like the girl and the concierge because of their intelligence. But I couldn't relate to them because of the disdain they had for the bourgeois and others who weren't as intelligent and aware as they were. Yes, I understand this is supposed to be a satire but I really had a hard time understanding the need to hide intelligence. I thought there would be some development or awareness, so I hung in there. But after 2 hours, I gave up. I have no use for characters who have no real compassion for others despite their faults. Hello, people! Humans are not perfect but should be admired for some positive aspect of their character.
I'm a fan of many of Ms. Scottoline's books, both audio and written. I just could not empathize with the main character, wondering how in the earth she got to her profession by being morally weak, scatterbrained, high strung, then strong in other situations. I was thinking that I may not have listened long enough to "get it". So I kept with it, but when I was 3/4 through Part 1, I just stopped listening. I decided that if I wasn't caught up and rooting for the character by that time, I may wind up spending a few hours listening to the whole book and be disappointed. I'm too busy for that and part of the reason why I started listening to audio books. Sorry, but maybe another one of her books may rise to the occasion. I'm still too big of a fan to give up on Ms. Scottoline.
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