No, considered several times deleting it, but ploughed on. Read great reviews, but this book had way too much going on for me to keep track of. Might be better if read. Way too many characters - 25 - 30 people, probably about 4 or 5 main characters. Too many irrelevant side stories. Too much Quebecois history shoved down your throat, and I've even been there, so probably a bit more appreciative than the average listener. The history would be more acceptable if you were say a high school student in Quebec, but it's local history, and not really something outsiders have more than a passing interest in. It's almost like the book had a political statement to make as well because many Quebecois people want independence from Canada, and this was very very evident in the book, to the point where it annoyed me.
Cut out all the irrelevant side stories, and instead of their being two murder cases plus the police situation at the beginning, which continually reappeared throughout the novel (and this to-ing and fro-ing time wise threw me out on a few occasions), just stick to one thread.
This should shorten it, which it desperately needed.
No. But he was excellent I thought, and did the accents well.
No, hardly made it through the book.
Wish I hadn't bothered with it. Dragged on, and bored me for the most part.
gentle, sad, wonderful
Harold - he was the only main character everyone else was secondary really. I loved the way this otherwise normal, boring man, did something totally out of his comfort zone. He discovered himself along the way.
Harold, we get to know him very well. Jim Broadbent is the best narrator I've listened too so far. Excellent pace, doesn't try to imitate a lady's voice. We can picture Harold when we hear Jim's voice talking.
I think the title is great. It aptly expresses what the book is about.
Don't expect a racy drama. This is a beautiful story of human nature, and the pace and limited number of characters make it perfect for listening to in the car.I'm don't find many audio books particularly easy to listen to, but this is by far my favorite audio book, I hope Jim Broadbent will do more in the future.
Not a very interesting storyline, didn't like the narrator's voice much.
No, as this one was just a time passer.
Only if you have nothing else to listen to.
Twists, enjoyable, gained momentum
As the listener, I wasn't always sure who was to be trusted, so it kept you second guessing what was happening. Got better as you became more involved.
Not a lot of intonation in the readers voice. Too flat and monotonous for me.
No, too long, but did put it straight on when I got into the car so I could keep going with the story.
I found the chronology a bit confusing. I'm still unsure about some of the time frames. Also, it was pretty slow starting out, but as the story unfolded it became more interesting.
No - unless they bought the paper version. Too many characters for me when in audio form, especially as I usually listen when I'm doing something else at the same time eg gym, mowing the lawn). Also, it was about a quarter of the way in before the crime actually occurred - there is too much dialogue that doesn't really contribute to the story - just padding really.
The narrator made an excellent job of creating different voices. There were a lot of characters, and he had a different voice for all of them. Faultless narration.
Inspired me not to get another audio book by this author. Too long and not fast moving enough, although it picked up a bit towards the end.
A bit too much swearing and a lot of it really didn't need to be included, although I know it's part of the characters persona.
A more credible storyline
Disappointment - this was the first audiobook I'd bought. Thought it would be a good idea to start off with something lighthearted and short to see how the experience was.
Won't buy this author again.
Might be cheap but save your money
Nice, easy to listen to, not too complicated, not too many characters. Good narration.
A bit slow in parts, but an enjoyable listen.
I love Tina Fey, and enjoyed hearing her life story so far.
A lot of names mentioned, but if you're not in the US acting scene, they dont mean much!
When Tina swears, it sounds so contrived and unnatural. Also the narration basically sounded like her sitting there reading it out. If it's your own story, it should sound a bit more as though she is talking with you not at you. There was no natural tone or intonation.
Was ok, but not great.
Unless you're a big fan, i think you will find this a bit so so.
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