I have not read the print vesion -- loved the audible one.
This is the kind of novel I can get lost in. I miss it now that I've finished listening. I learned a lot about the 2nd World War and how it affected everyday people in Hungary. It is a perfect book for additional novels about the same characters.
The story is so-so, but character development weak and sex scenes too graphic and frequent. This could almost qualify as an erotic novel. I finished the book, but this is one I am glad is finished.
I passed this book by many times and still don't know why I chose it -- and I am so glad I did. I've seen the movie twice and loved it. The book is so much more than the movie. I missed it when it was over.
I gave it only two stars because I could have quit anytime and would have never missed it. However, I needed some mind numbing and this novel did it. If audible books could be given a rating I'd probably rate it an R due to sex scenes. The love making is described in graphic detail which would have been much more acceptable in a strong story line.
Controversial subjects including sympathetic characters on both sides of the controversy are a Jodi Picoult trademark and this book is no exception. I thought the ending was a little weak, but as usual enjoyed this JP novel.
Dogs are my favorite 4 legged creatures and I have often thought they have some sort of conversation going in their heads. This book is funny, touching, sad, and even philosophical. It is one of the few books I will listen to a 2nd time. I usually don't waste my points on 6 hour books, but I am so glad I did!
I don't know if you have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, I am and I loved it. I think Spencer Quinn must have been a dog in another incarnation. He seems to know what a dog would think or at least what I think a dog would think. Lots of funny lines and good story line.
Being a Texan I always love novels/mysteries in Texas. James Lee Burke perfectly catches the character and nature of some Texas characters. He very effectively tells many stories in one. This is an interesting and fun mystery.
The beginning of this novel is awful! The Narrator really makes the main character seem like a dumb blonde. However, as the novel moves on, it has enough interest that I could stay with it when I didn't feel like listening to anything challenging.
Julia Glass has written another novel in which I could lose myself. I loved and cared about the characters and the story kept my attention from start to finish. Mark Bramhall's narration is brilliant! He clearly delineates each character and emotions come through without being overly done.
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