I just finished listening to Asylum yesterday and have to share that I'm so glad I decided to purchase it. I really had no idea if I'd like it, as I am usually not drawn to a book such as this but I thought I'd give it a try. First of all...I must say that I could listen to this narrator, Sir Ian MacKellen, read the phone book from beginning to end! His voice is simply beautiful and the expression he uses...I can still hear certain sentences end in a whisper almost...just an amazing voice and ability to tell the story! I couldn't wait to start listening again. I only wish I could find more books narrated by this man~
I really enjoyed the story as well. I still am not positive about the ending...I need to listen to the last chapter again, as there is something I think I'm missing. Oh I think I'll just listen to the whole book once more... I would purchase any book written by Patrick McGrath after having listened to this novel....especially if it was narrated by Ian McKellen! I am also unable to find any other books written by this author on the Audible site. Hopefully in the near future they will share some more of his books with us. It's money well spent!
Absolutely! The book tells a much bigger story than just the story that is read. Every long-married, or any couple really should read this one....I have learned so much while listening to this book ~ Things that can get "lost" in life came up over and over while I listened. It certainly wasn't just about a guy taking a nice, long walk!
As yet, I have never read a book that compares to this book....It opens a person's eyes to what we take for granted in life in a very unexpected way.
I think Maureen was my favorite in the end. She loved him, no matter what.
I think the title is perfect. I wouldn't rename it...unless maybe I added his wife's name into the title. They were both on a pilgramage of sorts.
This book will always stay with me. I will listen to it again, as the lessons in life came with each chapter.The narrator is brilliant.
I wish I could listen to 100 more books narrated by this man...His gentle voice portrayed every character perfectly!
I guess I liked the fact that Ms. Didion wished to share her deep love of her husband in such a touching way. I felt for her pain but at the same time I just wasn't moved. I feel bad about that because she suffered through not only the loss of her husband, but the illness of her beloved daughter. I just feel there was too much repetition....
I suppose I would recommend this book to friends. I'm not sure if it would be one of my top ten listens to recommend though....I just can't put my finger on why....I'll be wondering if other readers feel the same sense of not caring for this book or if it's just me.
Convincing, compassionate and enjoyable.
There were many moments that moved me....not to tears, but moved me to hoping that this would be over, and soon.
I thought I would love this book. I just didn't. It's not that it wasn't believable. I was very believable. I just wanted it to end. I don't experience that often with my Audible listens. This time I did.
Thank you Audible for offering the first chapter of this precious book, "Room" to your members. I ordered the book even before I finished my free first chapter. I feel bad for anybody that misses this one. Emma Donoghue has written something priceless here....The narrators are exceptional, especially Jack and Ma...The story ended way too soon...Beautiful! I loved it!
While the narrator did a brilliant job....I got so sick of the anti-American feelings expressed by the author that I finally put the book down. I'd just start enjoying a chapter and here would come another "sermon" about the the never-ending mistakes Americans have made in the world. And I live in Canada!
Just didn't like this book....It just dragged and dragged for me.
The three stars are for the narrator. He was fabulous. More often I find that a book is great but the narrator doesn't do the book justice. This time, it was the other way around.
It's difficult to say that I loved a book filled with so much pain but I loved this book. I'm glad I waited to listen to it instead of reading it because the narrator was absolutely perfect. I totally believed that she was Jeannette as I listened....beautifully read. I felt anger at her parents so many times throughout this book...I also felt sympathy that clearly, they were not able to raise their children the way they wished to in their hearts. They just weren't capable of it. I have no doubt that they loved their children. Ms. Wall does an excellent job of conveying that. She also does an excellent job of telling not only the story of her life, but of the lives of countless children who must live their lives under the "care" of people who just should not be parents.
Thank you for sharing your story ~
Are you sure this didn't happen at St. Xavier's in Spokane Washington? I relived so many moments of my childhood through this wonderful story that I found myself stopping and wondering if this guy was a classmate of mine! Anyone who attended a parochial school in the 60s MUST buy this book ~ especially during the holiday season! Wally Lamb not only wrote an amazing book, he narrates it to perfection. Thank you for giving me 4 hours of pure joy!
I will need to pick up this book and read it or maybe there is another narrator that reads it. I just could not listen to this narrator...gave it my best try but just could not listen.
Such a precious memoir should be read by someone that sounds a bit compassionate about what she is reading about. This narrator floats between sounding bored, uninterested and totally unconvincing. I am only halfway through this heartbreaking book and am so unhappy with the narration that I chose to write my review now. I would have definitely given this 5 stars but won't because of the narrator chosen. I keep thinking how someone like maybe Lorna Raver would have made this truly come to life...She would have given Gerda Weissmann Klein what she deserved in a narrator. Too bad...
I found this book hard to follow. I loved listening to the parts that the older man told. The rest of it I could have done without.
This is by far the best book I have had the honor of listening to. I can't even put into words how much I loved this book and so I won't even try~ Just take my word for it ~ You really must hear The Help. You will never regret it.
Kathryn Stockett is on her way ~ What an amazing first novel! Thank you so very much for this book~
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