Wonderful characterizations, both by the writer and the narrator. Good story, too. Sticks with you for a while.
I almost stopped listening a few times, as at first it was so slow going. However, the reviews from critics and readers kept me going, and i'm so glad I did. Incredibly perceptive, courageous, and edge-of-the-seat gripping.
So satisfying in every way. A modern fairy tale, spun out so well it was hard to stop listening. Good narration too
What a wonderfully well written story, and a fine narrator. I find it refreshing when the narration is done simply, without changing the voice significantly for different characters. For me, this is much less distracting than a male making his voice light and high for female characters, and vice versa for a woman narrator. What a pleasure this book was, in every way. I will probably listen to it again some day.
I ultimately can't agree with the author's choice to have the main characters all keep deep secrets for each others' sakes. Spousal and child abuse leaves lasting scars. It is a learned behavior. For the author to gloss this over as a pleasing fiction by letting the characters keep pretending that it never happened perpetuates the cycle and ensures that the children who endured their father's craziness for years will in turn be abusers/abused. Same thing for the secret adulterous relationship and the pretense that the dead son was the innocent victim. "Knowledge of the worst does not necessarily liberate us from its consequences; nevertheless, it is preferable to ignorance." I hope that this wonderful author will expand these themes and allow her characters to grow up and hold each other as able to withstand bitter truths; not to bash each other over the heads with them, but as the path to true healing and freedom.
Several reviewers commented on the narrator's accent. Since I'm not British I don't know from correct accents, so it sounded great to me. I got hooked on Kate Atkinson after I read Life After Life, which I think was a work of genius.
I saw the movie first and was intrigued enough to listen to the series. Definitely would recommend for young adults.
Good one for young adults. I was interested enough by the first book to continue on with the rest of the series.
The power of the story didn't diminish throughout the series. I was just ready to move on. Highly recommend for young adults.
I got this book because I loved Cloud Atlas so much. Mitchell is such a sharp guy, with incredible aptitude for historical detail. Not at all your run of the-mill-storyteller, in terms of subject matter, location, or era. That's one of the things I really like about him. I also like magical realism, although it's hard to put his style into a box. Reminds me a bit of "Crouching Tiger," now that I think about it.
A friend insisted I go see the movie. Haven't made it yet but did download the book. Very sympathetic characters, well portrayed
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