This was an enjoyable story with interesting characters, and it brought the Civil War era to life very well. It gave an interesting perspective on what life must have been like as a woman in that time who wanted more out of life than marriage and children. That being said, I only gave it a 4, rather than a 5, because it left me a little cold. I was not as invested in what happened to the characters as I am when I read a novel that I consider to be great. The narration took me a little while to warm up to, as the speaking style is very deliberate, highly enunciated, and does not sound totally natural right away, but as the book progressed, I grew to like the narration. The narration was, like the book, very good but not great.
Like so many other listeners, I am so distracted by the dramatic change in narration in this book, compared to the first three in the series, that is it seriously interfering with my enjoyment of the book. Roy Dotrice used very distinctive accents, voices, and pronunciations that were consistent in the first three books. Now, in this book, they are so changed that it makes the reading jarring, unpleasant, and difficult to follow. Dotrice is a skilled enough narrator that the voices he uses really animate each character's personality, so changing the voices at this stage feels like a wholesale change to the persona of each character. It doesn't even feel like I am reading the same series. It's like when you were a kid watching the sitcom and they changed the actress that played the mother. It is disorienting and unpleasant. This narration is really disappointing, and I agree with others that Audible should insist that the producers fix this huge slight to the loyal followers of this series. The narration is sloppy, unprofessional, and maddening!
A really fun book with interesting characters and an engaging story. The setting in 1960s Italy makes it all the more charming.
For anyone who loves Hemingway and the Lost Generation, this book is a wonderful imagining of what it must have been like to be there and the emotional journey that went along with being the wife of a figure like Ernest Hemingway in the early days. Other than a few clunky attempts at pronouncing French names and places, the narration is fantastic and does the story justice. This book made me want to re-read A Moveable Feast and many other classics of the Lost Generation (Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms, here I come!).
This book is a fascinating account of the latest science in child development. It is absolutely a must read book for any parent who is trying to interpret the onslaught of "expert" advice out there about child rearing. It is refreshing after reading so many books that claim to have all of the answers to read something that is honest about how much weight to give various scientific findings. The style is candid, straightforward, and easy to understand. As to the narration, I was nervous when I saw that it is narrated by the author, but Po Bronson does a really nice job. The narration is enthusiastic and captivating. It almost makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the author himself. I highly recommend this book. If you are anything like me, you won't regret it!
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