A plot, character development, a vocabulary, some, any literary intelligence.
I will be more wary of best sellers of this genre certainly. Certainly this author. This is a brilliant genre when written by intelligent, less manipulative authors.
To put it delicately, when I first began listening I thought the reader had some cognitive deficiency.
All were just comic book figures.
I was misled by all the star reviews. Honestly I think people should expect more than this regurgitated TV series drivel.
Kate Winslet is so wonderful. Her voice is warm caramel and she just reads without any frills or gimmicks. Zola is so darkly romantic, that I hesitated to buy this book, but Ms. Winslet imbued the story with the dour thrill and suspense that it intended to convey with no histrionics. Never hit a wrong note. I certainly hope she reads more. I rank it in the top 3 of my audiobook listening and I have listened to many books.
The book is fairly compelling ,so I don't have a favorite scene, although the description of finding the shop in the Pont Neuf was great.
I listened while engaged in a project so it was fine. Too dull for just listening.
Predictable from the first introduction of the protagonist.
The wedding scene.
Movie. Written with screen play in mind, no doubt.
This book was so boring because the character development remained on the level of fairy tale dwellers. It is one thing to write a novel as a fable derivative , quite another to make it as undeveloped as one. It just went for emotional pull, but not from the depth of the story itself, rather from the expectation of stereotyped responses from the reader.
This book was a complete waste of a credit. I make a point of listening to a book even if I feel I have made the choice in error but it was hard to adhere to my principle with this one. The characters are so amorphously developed and the narrative so sophomoric, the ethics so mushy, both in sentiment, and expression, I could have been watching a day time "women's" movie. This was chick lit at it's basest.
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