I'm quitting this half-way through as I find the writing boring and pedestrian. Its written in a heavy, flat-footed style with obvious plot mechanics. I also find the reader to be one-noted and heavy handed.
More inflection and changes of tone by the reader.
Barbara Kingsolver can tell a story! In this case she tells three stories over the course of the book and her use of language is both precise and evocative. She writes really, really well. The stories in this book manifest a love for humanity and the earth that makes the reading very enjoyable.
This book reminds me of Flight Behavior, though I think I like this even better. For some reason it also reminds me of something by Jane Smiley.
My most favorite, in which I laughed out loud, was the last scene between Mr. Walker and Nanny. And I loved how the stories came together.
There are a few sex scenes that you might not want to play in the car with young children, but they would receive a good education on pollination.
This is so badly written I stopped after the first couple of chapters. It is also read with a melodramatic tone, perhaps in keeping with the bad writing.
No, I wouldn't recommend this book because it is a story of such unhappiness and meanness. The last chapter emotionally disembowels the main character, a fine man who has always done his best in life, and the depth to which it dives into his emotional innards is championship writing. But there is so much sadness and the only happiness is shown in reminiscences of the past, so those are overlaid with even more sadness.
I'm not sure.
The last chapter in which the main character is emotionally flayed is my favorite.
Yes, I guess so but it wasn't easy.
This is read perfectly with wonderful intonations and accents that make the characters come completely alive.
Delicious, delightful, de-lovely.
This is one of the best Audible books I've downloaded. It is well read but more importantly it is well written. The story is intelligently interwoven, unpredictable in a way that seems natural, and has characters one likes and cares about. It is also interesting to have a peek at life in New York City in the late 1930's and what it might have been like to be in one's 20's in that time and place.
New Year's Eve, 1938.
Though this was well read, and I particularly liked the scottish voices, the story is weak. It is overly sentimental and romanticized. I found I could predict the author's next words as they tended toward the cliche and the obvious.
Freddy and Fredricka by Mark Helprin.
I quit part way through the second part as I was annoyed by the predictability of the authors lines.
This is easy to listen to and has a romantic appeal.
Beautiful! Everyday I looked forward to listening to this. Its a good story, beautifully written with some interesting science. I loved Barbara Kingsolver as a reader for this book. Her voice has great authenticity and always seemed on target.
This book is well worth reading.
I would not read another book by Jess Walter.
The reader did a good job but the characters were repellant and the writing mediocre. I quit half way through because the characters were so unlikable and the writing lacked value.
The story had some entertaining value.
This was well written, but ultimately kind of disappointing. I wanted more from it.
The perspective on the main character's life, from his point of view, was the most interesting. The plot itself was listless.
This is beautifully read.
A great fun story, with depth and surprise; it kept moving and I wanted to keep listening.
Yes. It was fun and entertaining with great characters and addictive plot.
He was perfect. His voice interpreted the story and characters yet never got in the way.
I've never thought of myself as a "Stephen King" fan, but this was tops! Really good.
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