One of my favorite audio books of all time.
The story was mesmerizing. Heartbreaking at times and uplifting at others. A woman who loves children but knows she can never have her own is given two amazing twins.
Incredible sadness of a family torn apart, and then eventually mended, but not fully healed.
He makes every character distinct (and there are many).
It would be Hawk, the incredible "Black Maori." A man of great heart, incredible integrity, and intelligence who is most defined by the unwavering love he has for his brother.
I found the information about the history of New Zealand and the Maori people fascinating.
I have waited a long time to listen to the rhythm and cadence of Adrian McKinty's novels set in Northern Ireland. Don't start with this one. They work best in order. Gerard Doyle is magnificent, as always.
The pace of the reader is excruciating. I love long, complicated books, but this one was terrible. The repetitive style of writing, coupled by the extraordinary slow pace of the read just about killed me. And I am unusually patient. After about hour 20, I simply could not take it any more.
NO! I liked a lot of his other books, but this one was insufferably preachy.
50% of this book is repetitious description.
I absolutely love Gerard Doyle's read, and I the use of Irish vernacular and rhythms. Adrian McKinty's stories abound with detail, but gather momentum almost unnoticeably until suddenly we realize (as readers) that we are in the maelstrom of a huge hurricane of tension and events coming to a nerve wracking conclusion.
I think he is fantastic in all his performances.
The read was not up to Audible's usual standards.
It had it's funny moments.
He is a clever writer. Needed a better reader, and maybe some music or something to pull it together.
I found I prefer to read her books instead of listening to them. If she read herself, I would have liked them better.
She covers psychological territory not often covered by others and particularly relevant to contemporary women.
Brene herself. I have watched all her TED talks, and her stories come across as very sincere, heartfelt, and true. This narrator distracted from the message by seeming too contrived, insincere.
I bought two more of her books.
Please don't use this narrator for Brene's books. She sounds like an actress, which would work well in many works of fiction, but not in this type of book.
I loved the characters, and how multifaceted they were. I also loved learning about New Zealand and Australia during this time.
The indomitable Mary's strength, integrity, courage and compassion in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances.
He did all of the characters voices beautifully.
When Mary saw the parrots as she first arrived and made them her talisman.
This entire series is absolutely gripping. Especially books 1 and 2. Book 3 is still good, but it diverges from the central characters and is weighed down by the first world war, losing momentum towards the end.
I LOVED the audio version. Think I might have been tempted to skim over details in print as many are not immediately pertinent, but gradually become essential to the overall story. I got this for an 8 hour drive and the story was so gripping that I kept listening after I arrived at my destination.
I like the Boris the most. He was a complex person, with great heart.
The narrator did a great job with the voices and accents.
Yes, but that is impossible. I found myself thinking about the story a lot between listening sessions.
Do not be deterred by the subject matter. When I tell others it is about a boy who loses his mother in a terrorist attack, among other things, they usually say "Sounds depressing." Far from it. "The Goldfinch is an uplifting, life affirming story that illuminates how the power of art to humanity.
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