©2007 Emma Donoghue; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
Jude is a small-town woman running a historical museum in rural Ontario; Sile is a urbanite Dublinner air stewardess who jet-sets the world and keeps the internet within reach of the palm of her hand. When Jude is forced to fly to the UK for family reasons, the passenger beside her passes away in his sleep, and it's Sile who speaks with Jude, and their world changes.
So much more than a romance, this story is full of interwoven philosophies of loving - does where you are matter if you're in love? How far will you go - or can you go - to keep love alive? Is one person worth the pain of letting all the others go?
Stirring and gorgeously written, 'Landing' is such a lovely, luscious, story that I was charmed, and just a little crushed out on the characters, whose relationship has the whole world - literally - stacked against it.
I don't know how this book would have read since the better part of it is in e-mail/letter format, but as a story to listen to it was interesting. Good character development and and interesting plot. Not the usual story, not the usual issues. If you are looking for a story with lesbian protagonists, this is one of your best choices here.
This story was a nice little long distance romance. It doesn't really get graphic (It isn't Susie Bright. This is actually a simple love story), so if you are looking for that as well, you will be dissolutioned. The characters are believable, the story line and plot are nice, and it is written with a woman's viewpoint. It would be nice to see audible get more lesbian stories from good lesbian authors. This didn't propagate stereotypes which was nice as well. Still, I think I would have liked to see more character development, background and more depth such as Nevada Barr's Bittersweet had in character development and background.
Very good, not a typical romance. Not just a date and a uhaul. Characters become so well known the ending seems somehow short. It seems the novel had been about getting to know the main characters and suddenly it ends without a story about them. I would love to hear a sequence.
The author spins a great tale of modern life of lesbians with style and grace. I kept listening to see how the couple would end up and was about ready to throw my Ipod against a wall when all looked like disaster. But the ending worked and I felt satisfied. A great listen.
I enjoyed the story--always happy to read any Emma Donoghue books. And it was excellent to find an audiobook with lesbian characters (apparently one of the few that audible offers.)
I thought the choice of narrator was unfortunate though--for a book with Canadian, Irish, and English characters why not choose a reader from one of those countries? The Irish accent sounded pretty good to me, but the English accent was grating, and how many Canadians would pronounce "Canuck" incorrectly or not be able to do a halfway decent impression of a Newfoundland accent!?
One the better lesbian books I have listened too.
The ability to speak in various accents. Going back and forth between a Canadian and Irish woman was great!!
The very ending was great!
A must listen for anyone who has ever had to cope with a long distance relationship.
I was so thrilled to read something else by Emma Donoghue, having listened to "Room", which was a superb and narration. This was the only Audible book I have quit 2/3 the way through. It was predictable, read in too cutesy an irish accent at times, and nothing made you particularly like the characters or be interested in the denouement of their love story. This belongs on trashy romance novel shelves, not in a serious library. I hope this represents early efforts for Ms. Donoghue and that her future writing will be more in line with "Room".
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