Colin Firth's talented reading of this novel brought our dimensions and emotions that I had missed in (multiple) previous readings. This book is haunting and probably best appreciated by a reader who is of a certain age, having experienced more of life. That is part of what kept me glued to the audio, but -- certainly -- this performance by Mr. Firth is worthy of an award.
Genuine, Jewish, Thoughtful
Why would a reader want to change someone's life's story? It is what it is. He chose to focus on the positive aspects of his family's journey and there were really no "warts" (painful events, divorce, disagreements) but then again all of the major characters are still alive and why would a loving family member want to do that. He knew the story he wanted to tell and acquitted himself well. I liked it very much,
His voice isn't the easiest one to listen to, but I did love the inflection and his natural pronunciation of English, Yiddish and Hebrew.
I could have, but it was easy to pick up when I left off . . .
This is the story of an immigrant family whose story turns out to have some high profile characters, but more than that it is a family's story with emphasis on brothers, parents, grandparents and struggling to move up in their adopted homeland. I thought that it was very enjoyable and seemed genuine to me.
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