The writing is exquisite - mellifluous and poetic. Her psychological take on the situations and characters are interesting and plausible.
The character development, the plot and Dunant's skill in keeping me fully engrossed.
His performance was impeccable and added tremendously to the richness of the story and my immersion into the characters.
I enjoyed this book so much that I am unable to read another historical fiction novel (my favorite genre) at this time. Blood and Beauty is so well crafted that it will be a tough act to follow.
I have read three books by Liz Gilbert. I loved, loved, loved EAT, PRAY, LOVE and read it twice. But I have not enjoyed the two books that followed it, I am sorry to say. Liz Gilbert can turn a phrase beautifully at times and employ great metaphors as well as tackle interesting topics. Yet, I did not enjoy this novel and had a hard time finishing it. She took on a noble and challenging theme but it did not capture my attention. I felt compelled to complete the book in spite of that. The narrator was very good, but I found her style too monotone and the characters not differentiated enough. I almost did not write this review because I wanted to honor the time and effort put in to writing the book and narrating it. It may be true in this case that if I have very little nice to say, I should say nothing at all. It is so much easier to be critical of a book than it is to write or to narrate it. This is simply my subjective opinion. Clearly, many other readers felt quite differently about it.
I am pretty picky as to what I enjoy reading. This book was a delight. The writing, story-line and narration were all excellent. I could not put it down and was very sad to have it end. It was funny, sad, insightful and thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book; the story, the characters and Levkoff's writing style. Alexander is a very interesting character with a wonderfully dry wit. It is a creative and entertaining piece of work and Andrew Randall is the perfect narrator for this book. So much so that his voice was with me when I read the second book, which unfortunately was not in audio.
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