Humphrey Bower is a wonderful narrator and I usually enjoy the storytelling of Bryce Courtenay. This story was very formulaic with cartoonish characters. There were some interesting moments but not the best of his books.
A wonderful narration by Sissy Spacek adds to the enjoyment of this classical literary gem.
I really expected to enjoy this book but was disappointed by the predictable storyline which became obvious very early on. I normally love hearing Indian accents but I found the narrator to be overly dramatic . The idea of juxtaposing the lives of a wealthy woman with a poor servant was interesting but all of the characters seemed to be flat and one dimensional. I found the ending to be unbelievable.
This was a great find. The narration by Simon Vance is perfect. Lawrence Anthony describes his love of Africa, the people, the animals and especially his relationship with a wild herd of elephants. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed the Keeper of Lost Causes and found the leading characters interesting but this book dragged and was needlessly violent. The sadism was repulsive and mistreatment of animals disgusting Since there was no mystery I felt it hard to stay engaged. The narrator was good. No complaints there. I did finish the book but would not recommend it.
What a delight hearing Alan Rickman read this marvelous audiobook. A wonderful Thomas Hardy classic being spoken in the glorious voice of Mr. Rickman. You couldn't ask for better.
I must join the ranks of those that disliked this book. Although I finished it, I felt it was a labor rather than a labor of love. The narration moved through different periods of time making it confusing to follow. I felt the descriptions were too flowery and forced. Metaphors ran rampant. Too many dream sequences.
If you enjoyed watching "The English Patient", you'll probably like this book.
I wouldn't recommend this book. I usually love her writing. The characters in this book were not particularly interesting. The characters all seemed one dimensional, never developed or surprising in any way. The story was a multi-generational study of an Indian family in Calcutta and the United States. It includes discussion of political unrest in India and how it affects the family.
The ending was the most interesting part of the book.
The performance was ok.
One of my favorite authors but not one of my favorite books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written character study. The isolation and loneliness of the three main characters is heartbreaking but not really depressing. There is a hopefulness throughout which is very uplifting. I rarely write reviews but this audiobook is worth recommending and certainly worth a credit.
Savagely funny at times and painful at other times. Characters are beautifully shown with their flaws as well as beauty. Also a refreshing look at aging and love. Well worth the credit. An exceptional book expertly read.
Beautiful narration of a good story about fascinating characters blending fact with fiction. Bryce Courtenay follows a formula in his stories that is always a little familiar with larger than life women characters but always entertaining.
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