If the author had been anyone other than Amy Tan I wouldn't haven't listened as long as I did. The characters are undeveloped and uninteresting, and the plot--such as it is--simply struggles along. I kept wondering if it was the writing or the narration that was the problem, and then came to the sad conclusion that it was both. Amy Tan--did you listen to the narrators? And if so, didn't you have the ability to ask for replacements?
This is a second-rate bodice buster that goes on far too long. My recommendation: Skip it. Try ANY of Tan's other books. She's a talented and moving writer--something just went terribly wrong with this book.
Maureen Corrigan recommended The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles as a light, fun escape. I usually like her recommendations, but this is an exception. I thought the plot was predictable and labored, and the characters were tedious. I found it neither fun nor entertaining, and finished it only because it was the only book on tape I had on my iPhone on the long drive home.
I'm usually a Francophile and expected to enjoy this book if only because it was written by a French author. But sadly, no. Josephine, you're no Amelie.
I wanted to love this book because I have so enjoyed (most of) Anna Quindlen's other books. But this one--not so much. The story is all too predictable.
I'm a big Scott Turow fan, so I was excited to see he had a new novel. Very disappointing. The brilliant twists and turns of Presumed Innocent just weren't here. I guessed the mysteries too far in advance to feel any sense of satisfaction. My recommendation is that you check out any other of Turow's very entertaining books.
Like most people I don't like abridged versions of books and avoid them. So I WISH that Eudora Welty had recorded the unabridged version of this book, but to the best of my knowledge she didn't.
That being said, the beauty of the writing and the wonderful narration by the author outweigh any frustration resulting from abridgment. I have owned this recording for 10 - 15 years (first in audio cassettes), and returning to it is always a pleasure. I hear something new each time I listen.
I highly recommend this recording.
I'm a long-time fan of Ruth Rendell, but not a fan of this book. Very dull, very predictable. Some subplots were left dangling. Ho hum. Glad it's over.
The glut of media about Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn in the past few years had almost convinced me I never, ever wanted to hear anything more about them; and then I heard Hilary Mantel interviewed on Fresh Air. First Wolf Hall and now Bring Up the Bodies. Fascinating characters. They are complex and human; multi-dimensional. I enjoyed feeling, in turn, dislike, pity, frustration, confusion and sometimes even amusement. And of course Thomas Cromwell is the most complex of them all. In summary, it's a great read/listen, and the narrator does a great job of helping bringing the story to life. You won't be disappointed.
There's been a great deal in recent media about Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn, and I thought I'd heard and read enough to last me a lifetime. But I heard Hilary Mantel interviewed on Fresh Air and she sounded so intelligent and spoke in such an interesting way about the women in her books, that I thought I'd given them a try. Lucky me! I learned more than I could have imagined about the people who played their large and tragic parts in the drama of Henry and Ann. But this is a book about Thomas Cromwell in particular--only a name to me until now. Fascinating and wonderful read/listen! You won't be disappointed.
This book of 3 novellas is unexpectedly fun and entertaining! The subjects of each of the three are academics, so this book is particularly endearing if you are or love an academician. All of the politics, competitiveness and battles of ego that make up life in our colleges and universities are lovingly handled by the author--but with an eerie spin that will make you shiver and make you laugh!
I discovered this book several years ago and have read it several times. Purchased it on Audible to enjoy it in one more medium. It's that enjoyable.
As many others have written, I loved this book despite my intentions. The author has spun a magical, beautiful and tragic story, and I was sorry to have it come to an end. I didn't want to stop hearing Pi's voice.
Which leads me to the subject of the narrator: A wonderful job. Sometimes the best that can be hoped of the narrator is that he/she just doesn't get in the way of the writing. Jeff Woodman, the narrator here, brought the book to life. His work is the new gold standard.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. I've been left with a glow and the anticipation of returning to it in a few months.
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