This book was interesting at first. The novel's plot is decent; I just wish the characters could live up to it. After the heroine meets the hero, it's all downhill from there. The dialogue is trite, "his mouth said no but his eyes said yes." Seriously?! Much of the dialogue reminds me of what must be written in those terrible grocery store romance novels. Overall, I was disappointed.
Fantastical, Life, Death
Almost 100% sure the narrator is the voice of the newest AngelSoft toilet paper commercial, haha. Don't think it's a fake accent. I think he's just trying to be a bit too heartfelt/grandpa-ish, if that makes sense.
I'm not sure if this is a children's book... Could be I suppose. It's a little dark though and I would imagine most kids would have A LOT of questions.
This is the third book by Patchett that I have purchased on audible. "State of Wonder" was by far the best. The others, Bel Canto and this book, have been disappointing. I thought this story was too slow, rather uneventful, and depressing. Yes, Ann Patchett can write beautifully but that is not enough to hold my attention. In both Bel Canto and the Magician's Assistant, the climax of the story takes place in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is a collection of menial interactions between semi-interesting characters and recollections of the events that took place during the climatic first few chapters. This is not a book I would recommend to others.
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