From my first listen, I knew I did not want this book to end. A wonderfully written, poignant tale of the life of a kind, gentle, man forced into situations one can only imagine. Today, I finished "Water for Elephants" and I feel bereft that I can not continue. I can't wait to discuss this book at my book club.
I gave this novel only 3 stars as I have really mixed emotions about the narration of this book. Although well executed the maudlin tone throughout made the book tiresome to listen to for long periods. I kept thinking I would enjoy this book more if I was reading it myself. That said, Wendell Berry's thought provoking story brings to question the changing American culture from rural to city life, and the horrors of war, in the mid-1900's. I would recommend this as a read, not a listen.
Never having read this classic novel, I thought it would be fun and interesting. However I, too (as a previous reviewer stated), couldn't handle the "N" word nor the phrase "by and by" used again and again. Huck's adventures got tedious after awhile and it is the first audio book I've given up on before finishing.
I heard Elizabeth Gilbert interviewed on NPR and I was so sure that I would love this book, that I ordered it on the spot. I did not love it, I only sort of liked it. Much of it seemed like the musings of a neurotic women.
I did like the well researched, sociology aspects of it...learning about the evolution of marriage in the U.S. and the expectations of marital partnes in other countries. Buy it, but don't expect to love it!
Drivel is the word I kept hearing in my head as I read All is Vanity. Of course, the title says it all, but I had to spend all those hours listening to 2 immature, neurotic women bemoan decent lives while living in their fantasy worlds. I wish I hadn't bothered. Stick to Drowning Ruth which was a fantastic read.
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