Very good story, very good narrator. Madeline and Frazer had me from the first sentence and didn't let me go. I was mesmerized. Madeline Miller's novel is a thing of quality and Frazer Douglas' voice was pitch perfect. I loved listening to him. I highly recommend this book.
BTW - I hesitate to even dignify this with a response but the reviewer who called this novel "Breathy homo erotica"... couldn't be further from the truth. This novel has no erotica in it whatsoever. It has no explicit sexual scenes. It does have a romance and the romance is very tastefully done.
The narrator was very good. That's all the good I have to say about this book. I listened for about an hour and 1/2 and then stopped. It just plodded along. I didn't think the character development was done very well. The author didn't engross me in the story. It seemed a bit disjointed. The story was about 9 hrs long and at 1.5 hrs in I was thinking either 'lets get this party started or hurry up and end.' I decided to end it early and put myself out of my misery.
I pretty much enjoyed this book except that I think it went over long and had me wishing toward the end that it would hurry and wrap up. Also it can start to get confusing toward the end if one is not listening on a consistent basis and paying close attention. The narrator is good. This is not a book that will stay with me after I've read it. I'm glad it's over and I can move on to something else.
I hung in there for 4 hours (of a 10 hour story) and gave up. This author really drags this story out and goes over territory that has already been gone over. I was going to return this book and get my credit back but I had already returned several books because I could not get into them so I decided to just eat this one. I have noticed lately that a lot of authors seem to like to drag out a story instead of just get on with it. I think I probably need to stick with books that are around 8 hrs because those books don't usually ramble unnecessarily.
I really liked this story. Atfer listening to it for a little bit I wondered 'where is it going' but I soon relaxed into the book and enjoyed the ride. The narrator is very good. The flow of the novel and the stories of the different characters is very good. It will stay with me for a while now that the last word has been spoken. There is another novel, perhaps not quite a sequel but has some of the same characters, called "Eventide".
I am not usually into fantasy books but this book had plenty of non-fantasy in it to keep my interest. The fantasy part was interesting but not too overdone for me. All the characters were interesting and well fleshed out. There was humor, drama, a psychoanalyst (to try and figure out the fantasy) and fantasy (of course). The writing was very good and the narrator was excellent.
This was a very informative memoir. I had no idea the things I learned about Rosie Perez's life. She came through some tough stuff. And the thing is, she came through, came out on top and is a successful independent woman doing her own thing now. Kudos to her. Her narration of the memoir shows what a good actress she is. She definitely brings her acting skills to the narration.
Note: Initially when I was listening to it I thought the part about her childhood in the Catholic school went a bit long but later I thought who am I to say that? First, this is her story, she is telling it her way and second, she went through that hell, who am I to minimize it and say this should be shortened?
Of course Daphne Du Maurier of "Rebecca" fame is an old school author who knows how to flesh out characters. Knows how to show more than tell the story. We don't have to listen to 100 or more pages of background setup before we get to the good stuff. And the narrator! I felt like I was listening to a PBS or BBC production. He was that good (although his female characters left a bit to be desired). This is definitely a classic in more ways than one. The story and the narration are (mostly) top notch.
I loved every minute of this book. I love it when an author as a story to tell and just tells it without wasting words or using filler just to fill the page to make the book last longer than it needs to. I am now starting to get wary of audiobooks that are 14 or 16 hrs, etc. This audiobook is 6 hrs and the author uses all of those hours to pack each minute with very interesting story telling. It doesn't hurt that the narrator is top notch. I highly recommend this book.
This book is ok for a long car ride. There are interesting parts and there are dry spells and then it will pick up and get interesting again for a bit and then hit a dry spell and go back and forth like that. It's nothing I would highly recommend but I did finish it and that's saying something. The narrator is good; that helped.
I listened to about half of this book before I put myself out of my misery (the book is about 10 hrs and I listened to 5 1/2). The book is suppose to be about a girl's mother who was accused of being a witch in the 1600's when people were spooked about that sort of thing however 5 1/2 hrs into the book the author had not got around to what was suppose to be the main plot line. The plot was being narrated by the daughter, Sarah, and she was talking about mundane things like doing the washing, helping with the plowing, finding the neighbors cows in the yard and returning them, etc. Sometimes she would talk about something interesting like someone catching yellow fever and there was the suspense of whether that person lived but those type of moments were few and far between. As I said, over half way into the book and no mention of witches. I don't like it when an author saves their real story for the last maybe 50 or 25 pages of a book and uses filler for the rest just to make a bigger book or because they really don't have a full story to tell; that's wasting my time not to mention boring me senseless. I do not recommend this book.
On a good note, Mare Winningham is a good narrator. She is the reason I listened as long as I did.
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