Pros - good historical background, interesting characters.
Cons - narrator's rendition of John's first wife is pretty awful and grating. Thankfully she is not major character throughout the entire book
This book starts very slow but once it gets going it is an enjoyable listen
I loved this audiobook - the narration was really well done (I didn't have trouble distinguishing the different female characters - everyone was quite distinct) and the story itself was quite enjoyable - although it was of course a very sad ending :(
Worth the credit!
I enjoyed this book very much. I would definitely recommend listening to or reading Shanghai Girls first because otherwise you won't know what's going on. The characters were at times a bit flat (especially Joy, geez I just wanted to shake her during most of the book), but I think Lisa See is a great "historical fiction" writer and I liked the narration.
It's both informative and emotionally interesting - my favourite type of audiobook!
I do wonder however if Lisa See will write another book in this series - the way it ended, I could definitely see another sequel!
I didn't even finish this book, so I can't really review it as a whole because maybe it gets a lot better at the end. But, in the first half, I never developed any interest in or care for the main characters. So great was my diffidence that I stopped listening altogether.
Maybe I'll take it up again if I'm trapped somewhere and have no other option....
The child's perspective, which is carried all the way through the book, gets quite annoying - especially in the second half of the book.
I don't think I would have actually read this book, so I guess it's an OK listen, but towards the end I really was looking forward to it ending.
It's a fun listen and the narration is quite good, but it's not as exciting as the Harry Potter books or as complex and interesting as Tolkien.
But, overall it's a safe bet for an enjoyable, if not all that memorable, listen.
Middlemarch is incredibly well written - so much so that you'll often rush over to whatever you're listening on and "bookmark" certain phrases.
However, it starts out slow and there are a lot of characters.
But, if you stick it out, it really is an excellent 'read.'
It is actually the only audiobook I've gone back and listened to more than once.
Worth a listen
*This novel is really well narrated - the reader knows when to pause and does a good job infusing the words with emotion. I love the Indian accents as well.
*The book is surprisingly funny - there are parts that will make you laugh out loud. It is also surprisingly violent.
*You'll learn some bad words in Hindi: I liked listening better than reading because I'd seen many of the Hindi words used here written in other books, and in my mind, I was pronouncing them completely wrong - it was good to hear the real pronunciation here.
*Engaging story - demonstrates a good understanding of Bombay and Indian culture there.
*There are sections of this book that are so violent and disturbing, I have to say I wish I had never "read" them because the imagery is incredibly graphic and disturbing. I'll say this to anyone like me who does not have the stomach for depictions of violence against animals - when the narrator starts talking about his little mouse friend from jail, please do yourself a favor and fast-forward - I'm still shuddering to think of it.
*The part that takes place in Afghanistan drags a bit.
*The narration of women's voices is not great - the female voices of Karla and Lisa sound odd.
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