Reminscent of "Memoirs of a Geisha," this book takes place in 19th century China where women's roles were limited to bearing children (preferably sons) and doing chores around the house. They live in their inlaws' house and rarely, if ever, see their parents once they move in. Not only is Lily's marriage arranged, but so is her deep friendship with Snowflower. They quickly grow to love each other. I'll stop now to avoid giving away the plot. The novel is narrated by Lily at 80 years old, twice the years of the average lifespan of a woman. This is a truly wonderful novel with an excellent narrator. I missed the characters acutely once it was over.
I've read a dozen books on the subject. This has interesting perspectives on these events. Gets into GW and the Howes' minds
If you are a pilot or interested in WWII then this is a must. It brings you through the battle of Britain with historical accuarcy in a personal format. You learn about what was happening on both sides of the channel.
I hold great stock in fellow Audible listeners' reviews, and when I stumbled onto this book (a book I would ordinarily not consider reading) I decided that all those reviewers couldn't be wrong. And I was right! This was a marvelous book, exceptionally well-written, funny and interesting. Lowe reveals himself to be so much more than his handsome face. His Cary Grant impersonation is worth the price of admission alone. Enjoy!
Add me to the group which enjoyed Paranoia a lot but found this novel tedious and boring. I listened to about a third of it before I gave up. It moved at a glacial pace and I could not summon any feelings for the main characters. The abridged edition might very well be the way to go!
I bought this book because I had enjoyed three others by Andrew Gross. This was disappointing, however. Just not imaginative! And don't ask me about the background music - horrible! The narrator was quite good, though.
Not a book I'd be drawn to but the reviews here were so good I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. It was informative and thought-provoking, and the narration was just superb. Loved the references to "Hillary-Land" and "McCain-World"!
I have a feeling I wouldn't have made it all the way through the print version of this book, but listening to Joe Barrett read it was a wonderful experience and I was completely captivated from start to finish. There is not a whole lot of plot to the novel, but the many characters are exquisitely drawn and each is depicted so beautifully by the narrator. Owen Meany is a memorable character and his "voice" is fabulous.
I think this is my favorite Audible book so far (and I have listened to quite a few). The story is utterly compelling, and, I might add, eye-opening for this reader who was just a baby during the time the book takes place. The readers were simply outstanding. They made me feel like I knew the characters, who I miss now that I've finished the book. Oh, if only for a sequel!
I don't know, is it me? I found this book fascinating but could never get used to the narrator's annoying singsong and stopped with about 2/5 of the book to go. I will look for it in paperback so I can finish it.
I must admit that I was skeptical about this book, not thinking I would enjoy a story about a circus. The reviews here were so good that I went ahead and boy, was I glad that I did! The characterization in this novel is just superb; Gruen paints complex portraits of so many people. I particularly enjoyed how Jacob's roommate Walter came to life. The (dual) narration was one of the best I've heard in my many Audible listens. Just a wonderful book!
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