When I first started listening to this book I the voice of the narrator bothered me because it was kind of flat. But as the book progressed, it was so interesting and I was learning so much, I didn't notice the voice any longer. I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of WW1 and the events that caused it was very limited, but Follett weaves the facts into the story so well, I ended up learning a lot. I even found myself looking up facts to see if they were fiction or not! My family is of German descent and I remember my Great grandmother being hesitant to speak German and now I know why. I look forward to the second installment and to learning more!
I have to give Elizabeth Gilbert credit for taking on such a huge project. The research of the history in this story was obviously thorough and the time period she chose was an interesting one. I really wanted to love this book, but I ended up only liking it and I think the problem was the characters. I can't lay my finger on what exactly was missing from the characters in this book, but I did find myself thinking several times through the book that this was her first major work of fiction...there were just moments when that was clear. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth as she develops her skill in fiction. I wouldn't say this is a waste of a credit, it just wasn't the best historical fiction I've listened to.
This book was really hard to stop listening to...I recommend having a couple of hours uninterrupted to listen to the final third of the book. The story had everything I love in a light read, romance, mystery, and likeable characters and I loved learning more about pre-war America...not a time period I have read much about. I highly recommend this one...it had me thinking about it while I was away from my ipod!
I usually love historical fiction with strong female leads, but this book was a tedious listen.I didn't even finish the last two chapters because I just couldn't take it any more. It was basically a poor romance with some historical references sprinkled throughout. None of the history was interesting and the characters kept making weak decisions. I was surprised at all of the good reviews this book got. I am returning this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It does have lots of detail, but I enjoy books that go into great detail. I loved how long and involved it was and, unlike other Kate Morton books, I was unable to guess the end, which kept me listening! I have listened to them all now and this is definitely one of my favorites! If you have enjoyed any of Kate Morton's other books, you will like this one as well.
I really loved Katherine Howe's last book, but this one was a real yawner! The character development was poor and the "mystery" was not intriguing...just boring. I really wanted to like this but I was starting to dread my listening time so I gave up about 3/4 of the way in and I almost never do that. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
I loved this book...It was interesting and soothing to listen to. I liked how the author described the writing of the book and what went into the creation of the story. I found the narration to be slightly distracting as the English accent seemed a bit contrived, but I was impressed with the narrator's ability to do different voices for the different characters. I am off to "read" Susanna's next book!
I enjoyed this book, it was easy to follow and the narration was superb. The only thing I disliked about it is that the book seemed to be written toward being made into a movie (it was a little predictable). Other than that, I loved how it gave such a realistic glimpse of circus life during the depression...it was almost enough to make me want to run away with the circus!
This book is a wonderful read. It is a simple story of a girl and her dreams. Highly recommended.
I too was thrilled to get such a long read for only one credit. I have always been a Stephen King fan, but I have never listened to one of his books. I found it very difficult to listen to the descriptions of the horrible behavior of the characters of this book. I would cringe as I was listening and found it affected me in a negative way. I could not finish and have moved it to a dark corner of my hard drive. It has been a while since I read any of his work, so maybe I am getting soft in my old age. This is classic Stephen King, but if you are sensitive, I would steer clear.
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