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I would listen to this recording over and over again. It's magical and haunting and just creepy enough that it will scare you a little in the dark.
Yes, and everything he does is amazing.
I loved the multiple story lines, and the way they all eventually interwove. Walter did an amazing job keeping everything moving and tying it all in without any loose ends.
The characters and how they were all so real. People trying to do their best in life (well, all except Michael Dean), but all of them were scarred and broken in some way. Just like the most interesting people in your own life.
I loved a lot of the scenes, but I think my favorite part was the recap where Walter broke even the minor characters. It was brutal, but so affecting.
I don't think I had any extremes, although I was caught up in it ever minute. There were definitely funny parts and truly heart-wrenching parts as well, but throughout it all, there was a sense of realism and the desire of the characters to just keep going. It truly was a reflection of real life to me.
This book is super long, and if you just want something to do to pass the time, pick it up. It's gorgeous and it will engage you, but I didn't particularly have an issue leaving its world when it was time to turn it off.
If you liked Mitchell's other work, pick it up to see what he is capable of. Don't start with it though, as I'm afraid you won't discover his amazingness.
I actually think this would be much more exciting as a movie. However, I think, as with most books made into movies, you would miss out on a lot of the introversion.
Goodreads review: I picked this up because I loved Cloud Atlas and wanted to see what else Mitchell could do. I did not love this quite the same. It was a good story, and told in Mitchell's standard way of attention to detail and bringing a world to life for the reader. The prose was gorgeous and there were some one-liners that jumped out of their surroundings. It didn't really grab me though. I didn't transport to this world and never want to leave. I was happy to turn it off each morning when I returned from my walk, where with some books, I keep circling the block or keep it going through the morning. Final verdict, beautiful, but a little dull.
The Inspector Gamache mysteries are fabulous and Louise Penny is a fantastic author. However, I don't think this one translated well to audio. The changes in narrator were difficult to pick up in audio form - I was always a couple of sentences in before I realized we were with a different storyline.
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