Mentone, AL, United States
I love Russian literature, and Dostoevsky is my favorite Russian author. I looked forward to listening to this classic, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter because of the narration. Perhaps it's my ear, but the proper British accent of the narrator made the story so very, very dry and boring. It was a wasted credit for a great book. (I've since read it.) I'll know better next time to listen to a sample of the narration before purchasing.
It was worth the time, yes. The story was only good, however. Not as compelling as "War and Rememberance" or "Winds of War," which I truly loved.
I would have cut down on some of the long winded monologues by the character Noel and I would have added some danger or excitement to the plot. The story moved along, but nothing really happened. Also, Marjorie needed more of a backbone and Noel needed several slaps in the face.
I wouldn't look for books with her as a narrator, but I wouldn't avoid a book because she was the narrator.
I was looking for a long story to listen to, and Herman Wouk is one of my favorite authors. This story was long, alright, but long and drawn out. I was glad, and a tad bit disappointed, when I reached the end.
Okay, I could probably listen to Kevin Kenerly read the Constitution and be enthralled. That aside, this was a very enjoyable listen, and well worth the credit. The plot moved along steadily, kept me guessing, and the characters felt authentic, instead of the glammed up pretend people I find in other mystery novels. I also got a bit of a history lesson, which I appreciate, and may be more true than I've ever realized. I usually only listen to books in one hour increments, while doing chores or driving to town. This one kept me interested enough to finish the book in a week. I will be adding the other Ellory books to my wish list promptly.
I loved this book. It gave the other side of the story to Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast." I would recommend reading (or listening) to Hemingway's book first, then listen to this one. It fills in a lot of blanks and gives more detail to what their life might have been like during the Paris years. .This story gave a life-like depiction of Hemingway (warts and all) and the writer he was through the eyes of the woman closest to him.
I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but I quckly got used to her voice, and before long, it seemed as if I were listening to Hadley herself tell her story, and the narration of the other characters being as Hadley would have heard and imitated them. I just may listen to this one again someday.
I don't know what possessed me to purchase this book. It is awful. It might be better with a more enthused narrator. I'll never know, since I quit listening before the first chapter was over. From now on I'll know to give the books a trial listen before I buy.
I can't remember how I came across this book, but I'm glad I gave it a try. It is unique and entertaining. I liked the way the story is broken up into past and present events to give the reader a deeper undestanding of the characters. I've never heard of Kevin Wislon before, but I'd be willing to listen to another one of his books, hopefully with the same narrator.
I heard great accolades for the book, and the movie, but read nor saw either of the renditions. I'm glad I waited to hear it here, on audible. When it was over, I wanted to hear more. I wanted to know how the characters made out beyond the end of the book, because the narrators gave them so much personality, it was as if I had met them, and became friends with them, and I felt concern for their futures. I felt compassion for the underdogs, animosity for the antagonist, and pity for her followers. This was much in part due to the talent of the author, but hearing it, the dialects, so accurately done by the narrators, brought the entire story to life. Five stars all the way around.
I like fiction that I suppose could actually happen given a certain set of cirmcumstances. This isn't it. This story is just too outrageous to believe under any circumstance. The protagonist suffers absolutely no consequences for his actions, (as neither do his cohorts) and lots of money solves every problem in the end. I am surprised it won so many rave reviews. The narrator read well as "Michael," but if he is going to do accents, he needs to practice more. I thought the character "Elena" was certainly from Russia or a Slavic country. Spain? Really? His southern accent was....passable. I wouldn't recommend using a credit on this book if you enjoy credible fiction.
I downloaded this audio book because of its great reviews, and the plot did keep me guessing, but it seemed as if it kept the author guessing, too. It was as if she wrote the beginning, added on to it, then had to come up with situations and characters to explain Tessa Leoni's thoughts and actions. The situations seemed more improbable as the story progressed. I did like the two narrators to separate Tessa from Deedee. Without that, it would have been confusing. I'm not sure if I would recommend it or not.
I downloaded this book as a filler in until I got my next credits, and chose it strictly for its quirky title. (I never heard of the author.) I hoped it would be a good listen, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters are well formed and real, not ultra glamourous, as they have been in some of the books I've listened to recently. The plot held my interest throughout. It also had that real effect. It was a story that could plausibly happen to any of us, and kept me listening to find out how everything would turn out in the end. The narrator's British accent threw me off at first, only because I had to listen just a tad bit closer to understand the words. Once I got used to it, I found his voice smooth and delightful to listen to. I look forward to listening to another one of Ms. Atkinson's books. This one deserves all five stars.
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