The story line of this book was a disappointment. I am OK without a happy ending, but this book left me without a sense of satisfaction, interesting reflections, life lessons learned, or any character that I was "glad to have gotten to know".
The narration was well done, however, the narrator's voice fell off at the end of sentences and during dialogue. Thus, I had to play it at a higher volume. I needed to use earbuds while doing housework, rather than playing it over speakers, for the same reason.
This very long book had a number of story lines that were interesting at some point, but which fell flat or just petered out. The conclusion left me thinking, "...I just listened to 47 hours of storytelling and the best you can give me is two grade school kids who were fated to be together?". The book made some feeble attempts at being thought provoking and asking interesting questions, but these were short lived, with the story soon headed off in other, more banal directions. Even the fantasy aspects of the novel were never developed. The writing and performance kept me engaged to the end, but there is no part of the story that I am glad to have experienced.
One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. Wonderful story line, great characters, funny, suspenseful -- and in this audio format, exceptional narration. I have purchased a hard copy of this book for myself, and as gifts for a number of friends. Very highly recommended.
A great listen! A plot with lots of twists and turns. Interesting characters. Excellent narration.
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