I have already listened a second time because the story was so engrossing that i missed some of the excellent prose. I also will read a third time so I can re savor the experience of exploring the Amazon.
Marina Singh's character was complex, damaged and beautifully developed. We come to know her though contrasting her interactions with peers, teachers, mentors and family which are nuanced and detailed.
Hope Davis's performance was soft and unobtrusive. It added little but more important to me,
it did not detract at all.
Certainly this is a book with flaws, some of the supporting characters needed better development. The science sounds dubious to this layman, but these faults pale beside the intriguing story, the layers of relationships and the magic of the locale.
It took about a third of the book to get going. The narrator for Alice was poor, she sounds like she was hypnotized.
Maybe because I've lived on the east coast all of my life but I was fascinated and charmed to read this novel from the point of view of the industrious Latina maid who works for this family.The characterizations were very good , a little thin at times, but most were robust The story was so well-developed and the setting so well defined that I felt like I was living inside of it. Some literary books are difficult to follow in Audio formar. This is not one of them. Enjoy it.
I will try one more.
I love well written sagas that cross generations. The characters were interesting, the story well developed and the plot was non formulaic.
Absolutely worth the listening time.
well constructed story, mediocre prose, decent characters good story
The plot twists were ingenious, female characters were well written.
Male characters were weak and the male romantic interest was thinly fleshed out.
It was a wonderful, non demanding listen.
I love novels with a great sweep, complex relationships and good sex. I cannot abide poor writing or formula novels. This was a perfect break from Roth, Nabokov, Stegner, Franzen, and the other literary great modern writers. If you like this book, loved "Cutting for Stone" and the "History of Love" and find reading Eco like going to school, please consider sharing great reads with me.
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