The story was most unusual and I could really picture the suburban environment and characters as the narrator was very consistent with his voices and characterisations.
I like all the loose ends to be tied up in a book, and in this case there were a few left 'hanging' however that has given me food for thought...so not such a bad thing.
Richie Curran - empathy empathy empathy...read it and find out why!
His Irish accents were really spot on...I particularly liked the voice of the nosey neighbour.
Really enjoyable all round.
Yes and no. Perhaps I would recommend they read it rather than listen to it as I found the narration annoying. The subject matter, however, is so interesting and almost beyond belief. I did not know anything at all about Boliva, the prison system, drug making etc. and I found it almost fantastic.
The time the protagonist spent in solitary confinement in the first months he was jailed were riveting.
I thought the voice of Thomas was irritating but he did the other character voices well...it was difficult to connect the voice of Thomas to the character he was portraying.
No. It ended properly and did not lead to a sequel.
A good story spoiled by an irritating narration.
Everything. The narrator is wonderful. The characters are 'alive' ... the story believable.
Boris. I am in love with Boris.
Boris! (see above)
But also loved Theo and Hobie. Even the awful characters are made interesting and likeable in a way...
The Goldfinch. This is actually a book with a name that is really suited to it.
Don't hesitate to listen to this book...it is 32 hours of your life you will not regret!
Everything.....I love the narration, the story, the dialogue, the description of feelings, scenes ...it is the best book I have listened to for a long time.
Yes...and even though the reader knows the outcome before commencing the book, you cannot but help hoping for a miracle.
Her voice made the story for me...the way she brings Agnes into the room with you, the use of the Icelandic accent, she is very very good.
Cry. Over and over again at the end.
Don't hesitate, just listen to it!
Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.
It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!
Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.
An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.
Down the bottom of the list :(
Underwhelmed. Really underwhelmed.
The narrator was fine, it was the writing style that was so annoying. Polly Stone is very good at the accents and inflections.
Everything about the first half of the story that related to the child and her circumstances. Horrific to think that the round up and distribution of the Jews happened so recently in our history and even more horrific to think that the 'story' could be based on an actual event..
Great story, good narration, but very annoying writing style - I just want to poke the author in the eye!
Yes I have recommended it to my book club to stretch us out of our usual comfort zone. The subject matter is macabre and unsavoury, but it's a bit like a road accident...you know you don't want to look but find yourself rubbernecking anyway.
Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style
Competent, engaging, clear.
Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.
Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.
Storyline, characters, narrator...the whole package.
The humour - laugh out loud moments. Very Australian humour though, so be warned if you are not an Aussie as it may be a bit parochial.
His voice is perfect for the character Don. I wish I could find more books narrated by him.
Don. He's an absolute gem...read it and see why!
This book was chosen for our bookclub and I was dubious about it when I read the blurb...but it is right up there in my top book selection.
The depth of the story and the exploration of the characters - I looked forward to getting into my car and listening to the next chapter...
I love her voice...she is very talented and I often choose a book simply because she is the narrator.
No extreme reaction...more of a prolonged enjoyment of the story.
Yes...we studied this book for our Book Club. I was the only one to listen to it...everyone else read it. The narrators bring each character to life in such a way that I felt I knew them all personally. At our Book Club meeting I played some of the audio so that my fellow readers could enjoy some of the characters for themselves.
The narration was wonderful.
Each character was memorable in this book...no-one stood out more than another...they were all fabulous.
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