The story was surprisingly easy to listen to except for the sex scenes which were embarrassingly ridiculous. I actually listened to the whole thing but found it pretty vapid. Generally not what I was hoping for.
The narration was excellent. I will be searching for other books narrated by her.
I am going to have to return the book and purchase a copy to read.
It is not the actual story or the writing that is putting me off but the way the reader uses far too much of a strange kind of up-speak inflection that is sort of getting my goat.
I'm not saying that he is not a good reader and many people might like his style. However, for me, it is somewhat irritating and I cannot continue listening.
The portion of the tale that I have read was engrossing and interesting and I want to read more.
I read most of Pearl S. Bucks' books in my youth. She was one of my favorite writers back then. I feel that reading her work deepened me and gave me so much to think about at the time that I may not have otherwise.
This was one of her books that I had not read before and I am so glad to have discovered it now in my older years. The woman definitely had an amazing talent for bringing the reader into another interestingly different time and place in an authentic manner.
The narrator was wonderful and I will be searching out her other performances.
Loved it! It had everything I was looking for and all the characters came to life for me in a big way. I listen while I work in my studio and it certainly kept me remarkably entertained and interested in what comes next. There was nothing mundane about this book. Bravo!
I enjoyed the story but would have preferred it without the religious note it ended on. I was never bored though and I cared deeply about the characters. So I recommend it anyway in spite of that.
I enjoyed the story which I have read before.
The only thing that was pretty annoying about it was that although the reader does a good job in many ways he seems to be totally unaware of how people speak in New York. He did the accents more like people from the deep South - maybe Texas.
After having read a few negative reviews calling it boring and claiming there is no plot I was a little wary. However I definitely do not hear a boring word in there. I'm truly looking forward to the next parts of the first movement and all the rest. I listen while I work as I am an artist and this one is so engrossing that the hours melt away. A good story helps me to be productive and keeps me at my bench even when things are difficult and I might otherwise walk away in frustration.
Simon Vance is one of those masters who can convey every nuance. I'll be looking for more from him.
For those who think it is boring and are dismayed at the lack of plot. I totally disagree but I guess we all have different reasons for listening.
I will definitely listen again in a while. It was totally absorbing. I found all the characters believable. I found the story to be an interesting look into another time and place. It was one of those books I was sorry to come to the end. The readers are superb!!!!!
I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.
I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.
I am having a bit of trouble listening because the reader has a way of reading the most normal phrases like "She closed the Door" in an overly dramatic way and it really gets on my nerves. My suggestion to her is to try and watch for this as the rest of her reading is quite well done.
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