There were good moments and some plot twists that really were surprising, but there were also long passages of character rumination that diluted any suspense. It seemed like the author wasn't sure if this were a thriller/suspense novel or a character drama. It felt like an uneasy mix of both.
A little bit anti climatic.
She was a little bit strident with the character of Alice, but she absolutely NAILED the wicked Viola.
It could be a good movie if the suspense aspect of the story was the focus.
I would not have been able to wade through this exceeding slow narrative, written in quaint old-style English prose, without the benefit of the excellent narration.
A series of loosely connected short stories (similar in format to "Olive Kitteridge"). The stories are focused on character, not plot, and are small gems of real-life emotion. Therese Plummer was the best of the (4) narrators.
I expected to enjoy this story, but it fell flat. None of the charm or atmosphere of "Water for Elephants", although the melieu is similar. The biggest problem for me was the unlikability of all the key players. There is also an abusive relationship that was hard to handle. The ending was a letdown, too. I wouldn't recommend this one.
I loved this beautifully written, tragic story. The narration by Kate Reading is perfect. A timeless classic
I started off really enjoying this story, but the author lost focus and the ending was rushed and ultimately dissappointing. As always, Cassandra Campbell reads this beautifully ! Her narration saves the story from being a complete train wreck.
The author does a good job of rendering life in Russia during Stalin's regime, but the plot has a lot of problems, most glaring ( for me ) being the motivation of the murderer. Good narration kept me interested in spite of the weak plot.
Sissy Spacek does a TERRIBLE reading of this classic story ! So disappointing ! I sincerely hope that another version with a different narrator will be offered at some future date. Until then, read the book and watch the movie.
I am puzzled at the negatives reviews for narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt. I thought he did a n excellent job and felt his performance added greatly to the drama of the story. As a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, I enjoyed this tremendously. It felt true to the spirit of he original stories.
Loved Linda Lavin's narration ! It was just like sitting down with her character, Addie, and hearing her talk about her life. This is not a plot-driven narrative, but a simple story of growing up in Boston in the early to mid 20th century. The only complaint is the rushed conclusion.
Well written and insightful examination of a mid-life crisis. Who is the narrator ? He did a great job ! ( especially for no credit )
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