I found this book to be difficult to get through. The plot seemed slow and I just kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen (I wasn't sure what). But the reader is excellent, and that helped me to keep on listening. I AM SO GLAD I DID! By the end of this book, I still wasn't overly impressed, but I liked it well enough to give the second in the series a try. I have LOVED all of the rest of the books! I don't think you can skip this book and still appreciate the others, so I think this book is a worthy investment for many, many hours of great listening from the rest of the series.
One last note, I want to mention again that the reader (George Guidall) is EXCELLENT. I have listened to many books read by Guidall, and as always, the narration was wonderful.
The concept for this book intrigued me - what an original idea! The moral and ethical questions raised are thought provoking and this should be a great book. However, I found that it didn't keep my attention. It was one of those "reads" where you suddenly realize that you haven't been listening for several minutes. I found myself constantly rewinding and relistening to parts because my mind wandered off. The narrator is good, so that wasn't the issue. I think part of the problem is that the writing is a little stiff, or, as the author would say, "the prose is a tad stilted".
Still, I listened to the whole book and probably got my credit's worth, so I rate it a 3.
This is light reading that is fun to listen too, especially during the holiday season. It is a "feel good" story that won't win any literary awards but does a good job of keeping you entertained. I enjoyed it!
I have been trying to read all the classics, and this one had been on my list for a while. YAWN. It was hard to hear/understand the narrator at points, which made an only mildly entertaining book a chore to get through.
I have noticed that many classics have more subtle themes and plot lines, but this one was quite dreary. It isn't a happy story, and it is slow going.
Goodness but this was a boring book. Just flat-out B-O-R-I-N-G!! I am not a golfer, but my husband is an avid golfer, so I think I know more about the sport than most non-golfers. But I really expected some kind of STORY - foolish me!
I ended up telling my husband that I had a hard time getting through this (he had read the book previously) and his response was, "Oh, I could have told you it was dull!" Well, now I am telling you - this is DULL! Keep in mind that I sometimes enjoy slow paced, descriptive, insightful books. This isn't one I enjoyed - couldn't even finish it!
This book was only 'ok'. I like all types of books, so I think I am a pretty open minded listener. I am not easily offended, and this book didn't really offend me, but I could see where some people could be VERY turned off. The author tries to add humor - sometimes I believe in an attempt at comic relief, but often falls short by being too flippant or just plain not funny.
It was interesting to hear all of the different ways a cadaver can be used in the name of science, and also to hear the different uses and superstitions that have transpired through the years.
This wasn't a bad book - I think many people will find it mildly entertaining while some will hate it.
This book kept me entertained. It isn't going to be marked as a "Great Work of Fiction", but it passed some hours enjoyably. The narrator was interesting - there were a few voices that were pretty remarkable. One of Sofie's grandfathers sounded like a completely different narrator - and very male! But then the narrator also did some accents horribly - particularly the secretary at the office. Luckily, she is a small character, so you don't have to listen to it much!
I haven't yet finished this audiobook, so i can't comment on the story line, although so far it has kept my attention. However, the narrator many time uses the volume of his voice rather than the inflection to distinguish between characters. This causes two problems - all the women sound the same (quiet) and all the men sound the same (loud) except for two men who sound different from the others because they "talk" faster. But of course, those two fast, loud talkers sound the same. On top of being confusing because of the volume issue, it is also very difficult to hear. If you are listening on headphones, then you have to turn it up enough to hear the quiet voices, but then it blares in your ear when it is a loud person. Since sometimes a back-and-forth dialogue occurs between a 'loud' character and a 'soft' character, every other sentence can vary, so it isn't something you can just keep adjusting. Even when listening on a stereo it is still very annoying.
I enjoyed listening to this book - I ended up liking the characters especially the main character, who was more down-to-earth than some of the secondary characters. It seems that whenever a story is set in NYC, I have to suspend fiscal reality as the books inevitably mention $500 Monolo shoes, etc, and everyone seems to be rich and famous; this book is no exception. The main character is a little more realistic, but just barely - she still manages to get an expensive gift from Tiffany's and moves in elite circles, but she does seem to recognize the extravagances. The book isn't "deep", but neither is it too shallow - it has enough substance that you can enjoy the light reading without it all seeming like a bit a fluff. It won't teach you any life lessons, but it will keep you entertained!
Brian Regan is a very funny guy. I know this because I have seen his standup on television. I wouldn't have known it from this recording. First, the recording itself is horrible. It is hard to hear some parts, then blaringly loud the next. Secondly, Regan's comedy loses most of its humor when you can't see his facial expressions. I didn't even finish this recording.
I enjoyed this book; the narrator was very good, and it was less a true "story" and more just extensive character development. However, I did feel the need to put a warning that foul language runs rampant throughout the book. If you can not tolerate a lot of cursing, this is not the book for you!
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