I always enjoy Nicholas Sparks and this one was no exception. Once started I had trouble shutting it off and came back to it at each opportunity. The narrator was good with the voices and made it enjoyable.
When I first started listening and heard the narrator state that he was Death I thought "Uh oh, I made a mistake with this choice." So glad I was in traffic and couldn't turn it off. After a few minutes I really couldn't turn it off. In fact my husband came out in the carport about 10 minutes after I arrived home to check on me. I explained I was finishing a chapter.
The story would break your heart one moment and raise your hopes the next. The descriptions of the characters made them seem so real. I cheered for Liesel. The narration by Allan Corduner was wonderful. He really brought the characters to life. I could visualize Liesel, Rosa, Papa, Rudy, Max and the rest of the characters. I felt as though I was a bystander. The story really made me think about the people on the other side of war that were trapped in their own land without hate in their hearts.
I would say that listening to this book was time not worth my time. Thought about returning, but I finished it because I got so far that I wanted to find out how it ended. I expected a surprise twist, but that didn't happen. Finally got to the end and was very disappointed. You are left in limbo about what happens to the main character. The part about the victim's sister's marriage was distracting and annoying. I wanted to shout at her and tell her to deal with it and do something about it. I kept wondering what was going through Emily's mind.
Cassandra did a very good performance. Probably would have given her 5 stars if the book was enjoyable.
No. Don't need the graphic romance scenes. Leave something to the imagination!
Really great performance. Added to the listening.
I really enjoyed the story didn't want to put my Ipod down. However, suddenly there are graphic almost visual sex scenes. The book didn't need that at all and took away from it. At that point I thought I was listening to a Harlequin romance novel. The story is really good and doesn't need that at all. Victor Slezak is a great narrator and made it a good listen. When I first started listening I was sure I would download more of her novels, but now I don't think so.
The story was heartfelt and riveting. There are so many books that I have read and enjoyed, but 2 weeks later I have forgotten a lot of the details. Not with this one I still remember the characters and their stories. The descriptive writing of WWII in St. Petersburg and behind enemy lines kept my attention. One of the very best I have listened to or read. Definitely worth your time.
I was looking for something different from my usual listens. Trying to add variety. The story was okay, but YUCK to the graphic lovemaking sections. I don't think that adds to a story at all. In fact quite the opposite. I listened to it, but spent time in speeding through these sections.
It was really nice to get a gift without strings attached. Will be enjoying this as my husband and I do our Christmas cookies and candy.
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