I love how the author brings history alive. The interplay between the growth of the United States parallel to the things that were going on in Europe was fascinating. I had no idea about the details of the war between France and Germany and it was so interesting how Mr. Washburn, the ambassador from the States, stayed in Paris and was so much help to so many people of various nationalities.
Edward Hermann is always a pleasure to listen to and makes you truly feel the breadth of the stories. Now I want to listen again and stop and research the artwork of the artists who studied and worked in Paris.
I felt it wrapped up a little quickly but still found it made sense.
The insights into decisions that were made before and during my lifetime were extremely interesting and thought provoking. I find myself thinking much more kindly on all the presidents.
The narrator took a little getting used to but quickly became the right approach for these stories.
There was much less story in this one compared to the first in the series. While I enjoyed listening to Lillian and Marcus discover their mutual passion, it almost got to be predictable and boring to listen to the same thing over and over again in great detail. After the third time, I wished I could have fast forwarded through it.
This is my first Hemingway book (read or listened to) and I can definitely say I will be back. It took me away to another world with real people and real humanity. I was so sorry to come to the end.
Campbell Scott's narration was impressive in its variety for the different characters and the consistency. I want to hear more of his books.
The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me the whole way through. I could not wait to listen again.
This books started very slowly and I had to force myself to keep with it for the first few chapters but then it grew on me and I enjoyed it.
There were few surprises and I had a hard time believing that the Twin thing has such a strong pull - but then, I am not a twin.
I LOVED the Vida Winters character - she was very interesting and challenging. I did enjoy the wit of the characters - they were smart, yet very human.
Not a fast paced book, not one that I could not wait to hear the next session but a satisfying and enjoyable one.
Nice to listen to something other than predictable romances (Nora Roberts) or repetitive legal/spy thrillers (David Baldacci).
Wonderfully written - you always want to hear what happens next. Wonderfully read. Heart wrenching and so believable.
I read the entire series a few years and loved it. I was a little hesitant about listening to it but have found it a real treasure. Listening to it forces me to hear details I probably skimmed over during my reading. The narrator does a good job of changing characters although everyone once in awhile she slips a bit, but not much. It makes me fall in love with Jamie Fraser all over again!!
This was my first Audio book and I'm afraid now they will all have to meet the high standards this one set for me. I enjoyed the quirks of both characters and their dialogues. Kimmy was wonderful - I could see her clearly! The only time I wished I had it in hard copy was when they would say the dates - I would have liked to be able to nail the time traveling down a bit more. Thank you for a wonderful listening experience! I cried and wished it never ended. I still miss Henry and Claire.
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