I liked the way the author built this novel. The unexpected disclosures. Many occasions to ponder over. Much encouragement to evaluate one's own, as well as past, social mores. Where do each of us fit in? Tolerance, acceptance, patience, judgements are all studied in this engaging novel. Performance is excellent.
Beautiful story. Beautifully read. One of the best narrations I've listened to. He sets the various moods convincingly, the story line moves with appropriate balance and emphasis, and the characters each have their own quality. Extremely pleasant to reconnect with the book in this way. I was going to read this to my granddaughter, and I'm a pretty good reader, but Inglis did such a fantastic job that I am now thinking that we will share listening to this audible together.
Well, revisiting this novel was more enjoyable than I expected. I remembered it being very depressing and difficult to get through when I was a good deal younger and less tolerant. I am so glad that I was encouraged to get the audible. It really brought the characters alive for me and elicited greater understanding of Flaubert's masterpiece. Although Emma is a very frustrating character, I found her character to be extremely well crafted. Never dull, always held my attention. An audible that I believe would engage many listeners, as a new experience or as a reawakening to this classic. Thanks for this winner!
I found this selection difficult to follow and uncomfortably jumpy in time and space. Narration was good. I just didn't care about the characters and the Hollywood dialogue was, to me, rather boring and repetitive. I tried to reread sections, as since I knew my mind was wandering I assumed I had just missed too much, but the re-listening was not satisfactory. After listening to about 3/4 of the novel, I decided there were too many other audibles that I was eager to listen to so I deleted this from my iTunes.
This is a favorite! I just finished it and was motivated to immediately rate and write a review to encourage others to enjoy the experience. It is a beautiful book. It is engrossing. It is not predictable. Even the technical discussions are neither boring nor beyond comprehension. I gave it one less star for the performance, because like another reviewer, I believe it should have been read by an Englishman. Not that the accents are disturbing, it is just that I can tell the difference in regions, and would rather hear the true dialects. Also the reader has a speech pattern that is carried onto several of the characters, most specifically the women's voices. That said, don't let my criticism of this aspect stop you from experiencing this lovely story! Brought me close to tears at the end. Not that it was sad. It is just a lovely read.
If you like Jane Austin, you will certainly appreciate this audible selection. Performance couldn't be better, and the story is both humorous and beautifully constructed.
Such a nice combination of spy thriller and actual history. Totally enjoyable for anyone who likes suspense combined with history of WW II in England. And very well read. Wish there was more like it!
So interesting reading what Jack Kennedy really thought about the people surrounding him. It clarified so much of what actions were taken during the administration and the difficulties of any president. Very rare behind the scenes look at one administration.
There was so much to discover and to thinking about in this novel. I listened for hours at a time. I cried and I laughed and I pondered. There are so many levels, and all engaging. Masterly written and masterly read. Don't miss this one. Just like Owen Meany, it's special!
Spent a few very late nights because I just couldn't put this one down. Beautifully read -- which makes so much difference to being able to relax and enjoy a book such as this with many characters coming in and out of the scenes. I could never enjoy this as a movie. Too much to capture of character and mood.
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