Having read or listened to all of Nelson DeMille's books I was anxious to start this one. No action, no suspense - very disappointing. My husband and I have been trudging through this hoping that the excitement would begin - well, we are now just about at the end and nothing has happened. Sorry - I really cannot recommend this story. We will finish it - I can't say that I haven't gotten involved with the characters and I certainly got many smiles from the conversation - but I just can't suggest that anyone grab this one up!
It ranks high and I have never written a review before. I felt though, after reading some of the reviews regarding the narrator, that I had to say my piece!
I listen to many audible books and have listened and enjoyed for years. I listen while in the car and sometimes hate to reach my destination. I generally find that I have to listen to the beginning of a story more than once - as my mind is on my driving, it sometimes requires an extra listen to establish who is who and what is what. I found the very beginning a touch difficult for that reason. I did not listen again to the very beginning but found myself able to get into the story quickly and familiarize myself with the characters easily. I was immediately brought into the story. I am now at the end - not quite finished - but sadly, I really do not want it to end. I am so touched by this story. I read so many books from this time period - perhaps being Jewish, the subject is exceptionally near to my heart. For me, this was a very different take on it - so many things to realize about this time in history - things I have never thought about before. I wouldn't want to tell the story - it's better for you to just read and enjoy and savor yourself.
Now this is the reason that I am indeed writing my first review. When I read the reviews I discovered many listeners who were very unhappy with the performance. I listen to so many audible books - while I am always listening to a story myself, my husband and I are always sharing a story together - we are in the car a lot :)
I love Justine Eyre's performance - it is fantastic - I am totally involved with the characters because of her - her accents are wonderful - the feelings that she portrays with her words - I love it. She is another reason why I will be so unhappy to finish this story. I will search for other books that she has narrated. I have come to look forward to hearing her voice alone as much as the story.
I am so dismayed to read the negative things that people have said.
My son in law is a writer and of course I love his books. I understand how important the narrator is and I was disappointed with the narration of one of his books (my lips are sealed - I will never tell). The interesting thing though was that so many people LOVED the narration of his book. So I guess it is a very personal thing.
For me, the narration of this book added to the story - I loved it.
This brought back many memories of days gone by. I enjoyed it. I found myself looking forward to getting in my car so that I could get back to this very close and loving family. Many of her memories are my memories too and many things put a smile on my face.
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