Great story and great narration....
Not so much
The world and the culture that was created at The Circle.
Yes, because it is very topical. A good vehicle for the stars of High School Musical.
This book attempted to be a jack of all trades but mastered none. It was engaging but not convincing. Never living up to its promise, it left me wanting more depth of detail, characters and their motivations.
The narrator and the author... but that's it.
It made Zelda's Fitzgerald's life boring....
The romance was too smooth, the performance was too staccato, I wanted to like it but didn't. It would serve well for those who like Bridges of Madison County or any Sparks book.
The author was good at pulling you in.
I can usually find something good thing to say about a book ... not this time.
... I kept falling asleep. I rallied because it was a good story that was well-written. I can only blame the narration. I couldn't understand why a man narrated what was a woman's story... and, why the man chosen used such a prissy voice when narrating the female characters.
... and not in a good way. All of the references to War and Peace made it dreary. The mention of several philosophies made it boring. Rene's character was, as others have mentioned, melodramatic (or, possibly, just very French).
The story is compelling, though, and Paloma's and Ozu's characters are charming. Unfortunately, for the listener, Rene's character carries most of the narration.
I had thought that this play was so well-written that any reading would be wonderful.... I was wrong. This recording cannot begin to compare to Peter O'Toole's and Katherine Hepburn's Henry and Eleanor. What particularly hurt this recording was Eleanor's timing - so much was missed.
And allow for double the listening time because you will be constantly falling asleep... most especially throughout Treat Williams' readings. I don't place the whole blame on Treat Williams; Anne Heche was shrill (I get it - her character was shrill - but it was still very annoying). Finally, and ultimately, I don't think the greatest narrator could have saved this slow and tedious book.
I really enjoyed the telling of this story... the narration elevated the story from an okay read to folk art.
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