look, I don't usually do science fiction, and I'm not sure what made me buy this title but I can honestly say that it is one of the the best books I've discovered in a long time, and will be in my personal top 10 for the foreseeable future.
the characters are well developed, the story is utterly compelling and even though it is science heavy it doesn't come across as being inaccessible to lay-people.
I honestly didn't know how the story was going to end our what direction the writer was going to go but it was very satisfying and very emotional. also, the book has several hilarious moments, which were fun, ridiculous and beautifully human.
If you wanted to love Never Let Me Go, but found it unsatisfying, this book will leave you feeling the aching longing and deep unsettling sadness - tempered by hope - that comes along so rarely, but stays with you for so long.
Melanie is a complex and unique character, as are all the other players, but her voice is so well defined and her thought process so beautifully written that I know I will find myself thinking about her for a long while yet.
Stephen Fry is the only person who should ever be allowed to narrate this story. His voice, his intonations, his pace and his grasp of subtle wit leaves all other possibles eating his dust.
This is one of the best stories ever written, and Mr Fry did it justice.
I really like Nora Ephron and was genuinely upset when she passed away.
Her writing style is so sharp and clever, but also poignant with a hint of sadness.
I listened to this as an Audible.com audio book narrated by the author which I really enjoyed. I think wherever possible the author should narrate, especially in cases of essays and memoirs, it just makes the experience more genuine and touching.
This was particularly touching as she discussed aging, disease, divorce and death and shared her thoughts on how they impacted her life and her self image. She still managed to make it fun though, which is something I love Nora for.
A thought provoking manifesto that really did provoke thought. By the end of the second half though I was done. It got way too repetitive, needlessly argumentative and politically tedious.
I didnt get to the end. Parker Posey was just terrible.
Meryl Streep. I have heard other titles narrated by Streep and think she would have been a lot more appropriate.
Parker Posey... her constant mispronunciation of words, her mono tone, her apathetic meter. I thought she would bring a hip, youthful passion to the work but she made it unbearable.
I really enjoyed 29 of the 30 hours I spent listening to this book. Stephen King however, sigh. He still can't write a good ending.
His voice was easy to listen to, his casual laugh during dialogue felt natural, however his Russian and German accents both sounded like poor imitations of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Great story. Great. Awesome. Almost brilliant. But that ending. Ugh. Come on Stephen, get with the program!
I found many of the stories funny, some touching, others brutally honest and almost awkwardly intimate. Overall, I enjoyed every one of them.
There were moments where Sam Harris just seemed to recite names of famous people he knew, but for the most part I enjoyed the sneak peak into the life of the neurotic celebrities and kind of feel like I'm best friends with Liza Minnelli too.
I really really loved the first half of this book, and found it in many ways superior to the movie that I've known and loved since childhood.
Once the story veered into the unknown however, I found that it dragged, and was almost boring.
Anne Hathaway's narration was sensational, she actually gave me goosebumps in places. Highly recommended.
What an amazing story! I love the slow, meandering way it surfed the story, giving way too much detail in such a delicious way that you forget it has nothing to do with the story, while frustratingly withholding the information you want and need in order to put the story together in a way that makes sense.
Without being too condescending, it would be a tedious bore for readers who need to be spoon-fed a story in a beginning-middle-end fashion, but thoroughly enjoyable for those who find joy in books like Never Let Me go.
I will definitely be seeking out more Julian Barnes work in the future.
Being 50% shorter. So totally boring. I only listened to half of it.
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