I enjoyed it. It was a very different book and not for everyone. But, it was interesting and unique, and I fell in love with the main character. She is believable and fun and easy to love.
I LOVED his previous two books, so I was going to read/listen to this newest one despite any negative reviews. Hosseini IS a story teller. He is magical with words and capturing a feeling, a place, a character's insight.I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have to really pay attention at first during some of the narration; the heave accent was difficult to wade through at first. This novel felt disjointed a little at times, and I couldn't immediately see how every person and place was connected, but eventually the story all came around.
Truthfully, if I had to do it over, I may have read the print version instead of listening to the audio. There were times I wanted to flip back and look at a certain page and refresh my memory. The names, places, and dates mixed together in head too much.
I was hesitant to buy this audio book, because it seemed too "young" for me. (I am 31). I am very glad I took a chance on it, because it has been one of my favorite audible books, yet. The story is clever and fun and entertaining and magical...but the narration really earns the 5 stars from me. I cannot imagine a better narrator, and I missed his voice once I finished the book.
My girls are young (less than 4), but I can't wait to re-listen to this together once they get older.
I typically enjoy John Grisham books, but sometimes they all run together, and I can't remember specific plot lines or characters. This book, while still definitely a Grisham novel, felt different than his most recent ones. The main character IS a lawyer, but he is in prison, so it's a more unique approach in that way.
I grew to like the narrator. At first, he was a little too slow for me. I like more fast paced narrators, usually. But, his style and speed really fit the novel well.
If you enjoy Grisham books, this one is excellent. It kept me interested, and I found myself anxious to get back into the car to find out what happened. I love Grisham's 3rd person omniscient narration; I feel like it keeps the reader in more suspense.
I LOVED Bill O'Reilly as the narrator- he was efficient, interesting, and since he wrote the book, he obviously knew which words to emphasize and where to place inflection. I tend to be a very fast talker and reader, though, so I don't know if everyone will love his fast paced style. This was one of my favorite audio books so far, mainly because of his narration. I was kept in suspense the entire time- even though I already knew what was going to happen! If you like history, I highly recommend this book. It was well written, in terms of organization, style, characterization, and suspense. Very enjoyable. I want to try Killing Kennedy next.
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