Wow - what a range of comments on this book. Forget SciFi and what you know of Orson Scott Card.
This is far more than a mystery of a serial killer as 75% of the book isn't about that. But it is a compelling set of characterizations and how people deal with each other. Step and DeAnne are in the middle of it all.
Yes, we get deep in the Mormon faith and I found it interesting, especially all the people interactions. It also got deep into computers and computing programs - and employee/management interactions. And we got into parent-teacher. All I could do was root for the couple!
It drew me in. I stayed with it and then went quite for a ride at the end. Very satisfying
Franzen's ability to create and get you deep into his characters is phenomenal.
This is the not the type of story where you relate to a character. This is far more sweeping and spans an incredibly wide swatch of characters and their lives.
I have thoroughly enjoyed what the performers bring to most audio books of mine. But David LeDoux goes beyond all that. The strength of conveying emotion and the richness of the telling of the story make a great book even better. Bravo!
This was not a reading - it was a performance! Mark Bramhall had incredible accents and emotions that add to an already wonderfully written book. This is a must listen!
Well narrated and it tells quite a story of the World's Fair, the coming of WW II, the politics of the time (local and global), and some interesting people (including LaGuardia and Robert Moses). Nothing was all that deep, but I did enjoy the listen.
This was quite good book - mystery, historical story, interpersonal relationships and a personal journey all wrapped together. I just didn't do well with the performance. There were two key male voices and I had a great deal of trouble hearing the differences. It made the listen very challenging to the point that I did not like the book all that much. Might have been a better physical read.
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