This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. I was spellbound by it. Anna Fields doesn't just narrate the story she becomes a dozen different people - most of them men! This is the kind of book that makes you wish for a traffic jam so you can listen longer. Of course, Patchett's story itself is compelling. The building of relationships between the hostages and the terrorists is perfectly built. By the end you've become a victim of Stockholm Syndrome yourself. I've recommended this book to just about everyone I know.
George Guidall's characterization of Leo Gursky is the heart and soul of this novel. The writing is beautiful, the characters real-even in their eccentricity. You'll keep thinking about this book long after you've finished it - and I agree it would be well worth listening to a second or even third time.
After reading the great reviews here and on other sites I was looking forward to this. I thought the story was only so-so and the narrator was nothing fantastic. How stereotypical - a super smart, head strong girl in an age that has no use for smart women, marriage to a guy who ends up being gay (no big spoiler - you can see this one coming a mile away), a black female slave who is also very smart and not to be treated like a menial and an understanding mother. The parts that dealt with Florence in the late 15th century were interesting. If I'd gotten the audio from the library I probably would have taken it back without finishing it.
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