This is one of my favourite novels of all time. I've experienced a lot of what the family did in rural village life in Africa and it all rings true. The story is like being home for me. Politics aside, village life is like that all over Africa. It describes it better than any guide book I've ever read. I've read the book numerous times but just listened to the audio book for the first time. I was so excited to see it as an audio book but the narrator does not do justice to the story or the voices.
Capturing the essence of what village life in Africa is still like today. If you've read this, you'd know what it's like to live in a place with no running water, electricity or services. To understand the evolution of perception of what you think is going on in a different culture when you're living in it, to actually understanding what's going on some months or years later...being able to capture that is brilliant. The relationships the girls develop with the village children. Exposing the ugly truth of what colonialism and in some cases missionary work did to parts of Africa. Exposing the assumptions and arrogance of colonisers over the colonised.
Not right for this book.
When I read it as a book, yes, but not the audio version.
One saving grace is that I heard the story differently, and heard parts of the story I'd not noticed before when I'd read it, which is multiple times.
I now have two favourites: 11 22 63 and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I thought nothing would ever equal Fry, but it has. This.
I have no idea. I don't normally read King, but am so pleased I read this. It truly was brilliant. Probably better as an audio book as the narrator truly performed the characters and I felt like I was listening to a play with dozens of actors, not one actor alone.
All of them, but I'd have to say Jake, obviously. Also loved the bookies, Mimi, JFK himself, Sadie, Deek, the school kids in the play.
The past is belligerent.
King fan or not, this is a brilliant story, wonderfully researched and constructed. It seems like one of those novels a writer waits their whole life to write--and everyone, author and readers are like, are truly rewarded for the wait. A bit like Kingslover with the Poisonwood Bible.
I haven't read the print, but the audio was enthralling. The performance was fantastic.
I wanted to see how the two threads--daughter and mother--would connect in the present.
Eva, although they were all interesting.
I looked forward to listening and was fascinated to hear about the events in the past, although fictional.
It was a fantastic, suspenseful listen. Loved the performance. Thoroughly recommended.
I haven't read the print, but I liked the narration of the audio version and I felt the narrator did a great job capturing the voices of various characters without missing a beat.
Not really sure. Another YA romance adventure?
The scenes in the jungle most of all.
Not really. I broke it up as it was a little slow going at times, but I enjoyed returning to it.
The character, Kelsey, is a refreshing change. I enjoyed it being in India and not another YA dystopian. I found the romance a bit much as I'm not a romance reader, but I think it would be popular among teenage girls. I also think the mythology is fascinating and is also a refreshing change. I like Mr Kadam (spell?).
I haven't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audible version immensely, especially the narrators and the surprise at the end!
The two main characters, the setting of the island its history, and the frightening and fascinating water horses.
All, but particularly Sean, Puck and the American fellow.
Both at different points, but I loved it and will listen to it again.
Maggie Stiefvater's writing is wonderful. The story is a refreshing change from the usual YA fantasy fiction and well worth reading.
Wondrous, Emotional, Charming
Harold reminds me of my grandfather who passed away some years ago. My grandfather had the same quiet, non-judgmental approach to others that Harold adapts as he meets strangers along the way, and I could imagine my grandfather in Harold's shoes--no pun intended.Like any great piece of literature, it shows us human truths and frailties in all their ugliness and beauty, through a new voice. It lets us filter our own experiences through the story. And it begs the question, would I do that if in the same situation?It has moved me more than any piece of writing for a long time. I believe that it's a story to "listen" to. Jim Broadbent is brilliant. I feel privileged to have listened.
All of them. He is faultless.
Yes! But I split it up as much as possible to savour it. About four sittings as I couldn't wait.
Listen to it!
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