I thought that the main storyline was dull and unconvincing. Throughout the book, the author tells the reader again and again how madly in love the two main characters are, but she was never able to make me FEEL that this young couple were even remotely attracted to each other, let alone anything more than that. A story about a mystical, magical circus that comes alive at night would normally be a no-brainer, five-star story for me. But sadly, I had to force myself to listen to it all the way through, and often had to hear a chapter again since the first listen failed to keep my attention. The narrator is wonderful, and really made the most out of material. The sub-plot of the twins and Bailey was good, and possibly would have made a better book just on it's own.
Anyone who is a fan of Hemmingway and/or of the artists, writers, etc. living in Paris during the 1920's will enjoy listening to this audio. I like the intro by Patrick and Sean Hemmingway, that was a nice touch and I would have wanted more narration from them.
Great novel, fantastic narration. Highly recommended. My only criticism is that, as a Greek, it would have been a nice touch if the Editor could have had the narrator use the correct pronunciation for some of the Greek words. The overall story and performance far out way this, however, and I was able to overlook the mispronunciations. I'm almost finished with this audio, and am going to miss listening to the adventures of Callie/Cal & her/his family.
I was sucked into the Hemmingway's world while listening to this story, and when it was over, I craved more (so I also purchased The Moveable Feast). I can see the point of some of the reviewers, that the narrator sounded a bit "whiney" at times. Ernest must have rolled over in his grave when he heard her read some of his lines of dialogue. But, it wasn't a constant thing, and did not bother me much at all. Overall, I enjoyed this narration and story very much, and I want to know more about all of the ex-pats in the Jazz Age in Paris - Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, the whole bunch. Would love a recommendation if someone has one.
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