Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008
The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.
The writing, the sense of place
Gascoigne--cheerful, independent, insightful, interesting past
Walter Moody--the trial scenes were fabulous
This book is a complex and brilliantly conceived story with many layers about a remote place and time. The narration is pitch-perfect as Meadows rotates seamlessly between indigenous Maori accents, Irish, Scotch, and English accents. The story is told in a non linear fashion with multiple loops back to the original themes making it easier to grasp. The writing is spectacular. This is a unique piece with throwbacks to a Jane Austen style but with a rare and exquisite layering of plot lines. It takes some time to get through it but it's worth it.
Yes because of the great narration. Andrews and Lamia are great and give a dimension to the book I would not have picked up reading it.
Rose--complex, sad, trapped, and trying her best in awful situations.
This is an intense and well developed story about people most of us would never know or want to know. The characters however are well developed and accessible and beautifully portrayed by the narrators. The story was complex but not so much that it wasn't an enjoyable listen.
No. The story wasn't good enough.
Swaggering tough guy
This is a rambling and fragmented story with what seems like frequent digressions into NativeAmerican life and customs which do not necessarily add to the plot. I considered bailing at least twice but soldiered on but looked forward to finishing it and moving on. The language is frequently flowery and embellished as you might see in an old western page turner or romance novel. It was off-putting. I liked Frazier's other books (Cold Mountain and Nightwoods) but found this weak in comparison.
This was an insightful first hand look into what being a hostage is all about: terror, pain, abuse, misunderstandings, economic hardship, ignorance, cruelty. It is also about foolish decision making and its consequences on the part of the author and her companion.It will be a long time before Somalia develops a tourist industry.
Overall good and complex story line with a view towards a part of WWII that I had little understanding of: Hungarian jews and the eastern front. Characters are well developed and deep.
He is an adequate reader but does a very poor job with French. His Hungarian sounded authentic but I am not Hungarian to know for sure.
Development in the first half of the novel took too long to unfold for my taste. The novel's considerable strength is in the 2nd half so the long 1st half dragged a bit for me.
Yes--An informative well-researched and accessible (for non historians) review of Islam past and present
Humor and irony are present in his cadence, timing, and emphasis.
This is a brilliant and balanced elucidation of Islamic history in an accessible and easy to comprehend style with copious connections to European history that most of us understand a little better.
This book was predictable from the moment it started. It was clear that the protagonist was going to crash and suffer and ultimately survive and get his girl. I tired of the repetitive violence which I thought could have benefited from some judicious editing. I also personally was put off by (but could understand) his being born again. The story was interesting but shallow. That is not to underestimate what the man went through nor his strength.
Distinctions between different sub- ontinent accents (police, grandparents, professors) which make the listen richer.
From my perspective, this is a brilliant novel/listen. The writing is lyrical, beautiful and easy to follow. The themes she deals with below the surface of the story are powerful and deal with loss, family bonds, good and bad, and the contemporary issues of bridging of cultures: east and west, young and old. Sunil Malhotra renders a spectacular, well-paced, and nuanced reading with smooth dialect transitiosns throughout. This book kept me thinking well after I was done with it--always a good sign.
I could not finish this book. The story was full of unnecessary violence without subtlety and a theme of native American lore dating to Manhattan prior to white settlement that simply didn't ring true. The noir ambience was crude and overstated. Not worth the time.
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