Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008
This book is overly descriptive and wordy. As a listener, I lost track of the various characters because of the wordiness and the multiplicity of characters. This must have been one of her earlier books, as thee is not a whisper of anything technical, not even a computer or cell phone.
This book was predictable from the moment it started. It was clear that the protagonist was going to crash and suffer and ultimately survive and get his girl. I tired of the repetitive violence which I thought could have benefited from some judicious editing. I also personally was put off by (but could understand) his being born again. The story was interesting but shallow. That is not to underestimate what the man went through nor his strength.
Distinctions between different sub- ontinent accents (police, grandparents, professors) which make the listen richer.
From my perspective, this is a brilliant novel/listen. The writing is lyrical, beautiful and easy to follow. The themes she deals with below the surface of the story are powerful and deal with loss, family bonds, good and bad, and the contemporary issues of bridging of cultures: east and west, young and old. Sunil Malhotra renders a spectacular, well-paced, and nuanced reading with smooth dialect transitiosns throughout. This book kept me thinking well after I was done with it--always a good sign.
I could not finish this book. The story was full of unnecessary violence without subtlety and a theme of native American lore dating to Manhattan prior to white settlement that simply didn't ring true. The noir ambience was crude and overstated. Not worth the time.
The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.
This story is compelling and tightly woven with flawless interweaving of historical events. This is a great historical novel. My only comment is that the numerous plot coincidences were a little contrived but served the story well in the end. I couldn't stop listening and looked forward to ironing every week!
Gripping story with believable characters
This was a great listen. It caught my interest immediately. The characters were interesting and the time period ans situation of occupied France was great. I couldn't wait to get to the ironing so I could get back to my listen!
This book was interesting and complex but a slog to get through. I am not religious and the religious overtones got to be annoying. The characters are interesting and deep and the narration is excellent but I almost gave up 3 times. I doubt whether I will read/listen to another John Irving book.
The narration was superb. The characters were richly drawn. The story, however, dragged on much too long, and in the end, I was not particularly interested in Henry's dilemma of wanting a new wife
It took a long time to develop and was ultimately about a rather mundane failed marriage. The characters were interesting in their time and place in history but shallow or undeveloped pshycologically.
The opening scenes of Cromwell's early life at home.
I made it through 75% of the novel and finally realized that I didn't care about the characters and although the portrayal of the court in Henry's time was interesting (but very confusing to listen to), it wasn't worth continuing on. I kept waiting for the story to move beyond a guy who wanted to have a male heir but couldn't. Cromwell was very interesting but there wasn't enough of a story to sustain my interest. The narration, however, was incredible.
I found the story irritating because of the ineptness of the protagonist
develop a less angst ridden protagonist
This is my first Colin Firth--an excellent narrator, well paced and coached
No because of the basic story
From the view of the 21st century, Greene's protagonist is pathetic (in my view), riddled with angst, and, in spite of his protestations, is still catholic and very messed up by his catholic background of guilt. I could not empathize or identify with the protagonist and could not get into his tale of woe concerning the woman he supposedly loved illicitly. The book seems emotionally archaic from the vantage point of 60 years on.
The readers were excellent and flowed into each other's narratives smoothly
This book is thoughtful and is written about an interesting time in our history from the perspective of the slaves on a plantation. That said, I feel that it overly portrays a female perspective. There are few male protagonists who are other than caricatures. I felt there was excessive detail about types of ribbons, dresses, pregnancies, etc. I enjoy female authors and admire their perspective, but this seemed too one-sided and ultimately made me lose interest, although I finished it.
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