I really got into this book and it stands out as one of my favorite listens. It's a character driven book and the story and characters felt really true to life in a quirky way. The observations woven into the story on life, family and marriage brought the story to another level for me. Franzen's other book Freedom seems to be more reviewed. I have listened to both and prefer this one. George Guidall does his usual fantastic job as a narrator.
One good narrator for the entire book.
The first part of the book was fine but in Chapter 42 that narration changed to an extremely annoying voice actor. Just as I getting into the mood and groove of the story, this "talk like a pirate" narrator shows up, out of nowhere, and ruins the whole mood of the book. The first part of the book has a nice mellow narration style then out we are subjected to this grating voice that over plays the characters. I went from liking the characters to wishing they would go rescue the real characters from the "talk like a pirate" narrator, that hijacked the story half way through. I don't know if can adjust and finish this book, having to listen to this new grating voice.
This method presents French in a very accessible & rational way. He starts with some basic vocabulary and sentence structure and builds on it with (mostly) words that both French & English have in common. (The French-English words only vary by pronunciation and slight spelling differences.) He also gives helpful connections between words that are not of shared origin. This makes for learning through 'absorbing' rather than memorizing. And all of the vocabulary feels relevant. You can tell there was a lot of thought put into the material presented. The author narrates in a nice friendly voice and all of the French is spoken by a native speaker. I've bought the other audiobooks in the series and am finding them very beneficial.
My daughter loved this book so I thought I would listen for a chapter or so but I got hooked! Fun characters, lots of action, a genuine theme and unexpected twists. The narrator made it extra fun with such a variety of voices.
The plot was very, very predictable. The characters were bland and 2 dimensional. A more interesting book would be the book the author could write about his own very 'sorted' life story. Check out Jeffrey Archer in Wikipedia.
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