This is one of the rare books where I can honestly say you LOSE something by reading it rather than listening to it on audio. The narrator's accents, voice inflections and personality are awe-inspiring. This is a book about characters, and he was able to so uniquely capture each character's personality just by using his voice. He could instantaneously jump from an Australian accent, to an Indian accent, to a Jamaican accent and even a French accent. The reader is simply brilliant. He made every moment feel so real, like a movie playing in your head.
In my experience, there is no other book like this anywhere. It is one of a kind, just like it's author. It will consume your LIFE for several weeks, even months and you will LOVE. EVERY. MINUTE. :)
I have not, but no I feel I shouldn't listen to anything BUT.
The choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.
This book is extremely character driven and the narrator brings that to life superbly. It is also a deeply philosophical book about morality, crime, redemption and forgiveness. I was very lucky to have a copy of the book handy, because I was constantly searching through the pages so I could underline beautiful passages, profound thoughts and metaphors and philosophical gems. They seemed endless and always knocked my socks off. This book will stay with me for a very very long time.
Absolutely, incredible story extremely well-narrated.
Old Jiko for sure. Best character.
She did a fantastic job. Can't imagine it being read by anyone else. Also, I met her and she is SUCH a lovely person! :)
I was definitely shocked when one of the main characters was discussing the culture of suicide in Japan, but it was fascinating. Something that needs to be said, brought out into the open and confronted.
Such a beautiful story. Ozeki captures a 15 year old adolescent girl perfectly. You will not regret this listen.
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