I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but in the end (obviously) settled with 2.
I will say that most of my dislike stems from the...moreI went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but in the end (obviously) settled with 2.
I will say that most of my dislike stems from the narrator - I'm not sure what my opinion would have been, had I read it on my own. I almost gave it up the first day I listened to it, but by then I had already invested nearly two hours in it - so continue I did. Towards the end I was more used to her, and she didn't annoy me quite as much (although, when she sang snippets of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," I literally had to put it on mute until it was over). When she narrated from the little girl's point of view, I felt like I was being spoken to as a five-year old being told a story with words that were too big to comprehend. When she spoke from Julia's point of view, the dialogue was unnatural, the voices she did for men made me laugh, and I just couldn't take it very seriously.
Ok, enough griping about the poor narrator. Plot-wise, it was ok. Fairly predictable, although it held my interest. I didn't really care about Julia as a character until I'd gotten halfway through, and even then not terribly much. The story had its moments where it could be moving, and Sarah's story is a tragic one. I've always been drawn to stories of the Holocaust, and I've read quite a few over the years - this one was ok, but I felt like it tried too hard. Overall, a "meh" read - I would definitely recommend you don't go for the audio version though. Maybe I would have had a totally different opinion if I'd picked up the book.(less)
Going into this, I was skeptical. Although I enjoyed the Twilight series, I also knew that Meyer's writing skills weren't the best around. I think I w...moreGoing into this, I was skeptical. Although I enjoyed the Twilight series, I also knew that Meyer's writing skills weren't the best around. I think I was expecting a science-fiction version of the obsession, unhealthy relationships, etc., but this was far from that. But my sister kept on telling me how fantastic it was, so when I saw that the audiobook was available for download from the library, I went for it.
I was impressed, and pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this novel. No, Meyer isn't a great writer - but she is one heck of a storyteller. I wasn't crazy about the narrator, but to the credit of the story I found myself forgetting all about her. It's also quite a lengthy read (or listen), but it swallowed me up. A few aspects were a bit too pat and unbelievable, but I'd highly recommend this one anyways, especially if you're looking for a story to get caught up in.(less)
Before I say anything else, I just want to comment on how fantastic the narrator (Anna Bentinck) was on the audio version of this. I think I actually...moreBefore I say anything else, I just want to comment on how fantastic the narrator (Anna Bentinck) was on the audio version of this. I think I actually enjoyed it more than I would have if I had just read the book - she really brought the characters to life for me.
That said, I really, really liked this, up until the end. I won't spoil it, but...really? I was pulling away from the gas station when the twist happened, and as a result was slightly distracted. If it's possible to do an auditory double-take, I did. I had to rewind a few minutes and go back to be sure I heard it right.
Besides that, it was a wonderful fun and light romance. I was rooting for Dexter & Emma the whole time, despite Dexter's frustrating (and often, incredibly stupid) behavior. I laughed out loud more than once, and I actually looked forward to my commute!(less)
If I could, I'd give it three and a half stars - but this one felt like a round down to three, rather than round up to four for me. I enjoyed it, and...moreIf I could, I'd give it three and a half stars - but this one felt like a round down to three, rather than round up to four for me. I enjoyed it, and it had some really interesting takes on what might happen if we all disappeared tomorrow. I thought the timelines for all of our different creations and the evidence of our existence to be especially fascinating - how long it will take a forest to reclaim its land; how quickly NYC's subways will self-destruct; which works of art will survive and which will have no chance to be discovered by whatever comes next. Definitely thought-provoking, but I think I'd recommend the physical book rather than the audio. It was well-done, but the subject matter (at least for me) had my mind wandering quite a bit, and I feel like I missed out of some of it.(less)
Loved this - borderline 4/5 stars. I listened to the audio version narrated by Brooks herself, and it was fantastic. From the little things like seein...moreLoved this - borderline 4/5 stars. I listened to the audio version narrated by Brooks herself, and it was fantastic. From the little things like seeing how the day-to-day life at the time was, to the overall themes of being made stronger by tragedy and the consequences of the smallest actions, I enjoyed every minute of this one.(less)