Ah, what can I say? This book, unfortunately took me way too long to read, but it was totally worth it. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Marmee are wonderful ch...moreAh, what can I say? This book, unfortunately took me way too long to read, but it was totally worth it. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Marmee are wonderful characters in a wonderfully written book. (less)
My favorite book of all time. I could read it over and over again, if it wasn't so long and I wasn't such a slow reader! Just a great overall story wh...moreMy favorite book of all time. I could read it over and over again, if it wasn't so long and I wasn't such a slow reader! Just a great overall story which makes you love and hate Rhett as well as Scarlett all at the same time. (less)
Excellent book! It took me a while to get through this book as life got in the way of my reading :) However, this story was unique and beautiful.
This...moreExcellent book! It took me a while to get through this book as life got in the way of my reading :) However, this story was unique and beautiful.
This is the story of a character's mysterious biography. There are two narrators; the biographer and the biographee :) The biographee is a writer herself and has never let anyone know the truth of her life's story.
I'm sure others have already given a synopsis of the story, so I'll spare you the repetition. This is a story that keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next. Characters weave in and out of the story in such a way that you never know what is going to happen next. Setterfield has a beautiful way of writing that I can't quite describe what I loved about it. She gives details, but not so many that you get lost in the details and forget the story. The characters are wonderfully written and you can get lost in them and their stories.
I was drawn to this book because of the cover art (I know, I know, but I am a lover of books and can't help myself), the idea of a mysterious biography, the promise of ghosts (which the story isn't nearly as *ghostly* as one would think from the back cover) and reviews by others. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fictional story, especially historical fiction. (less)
I loved this book! I listened to it as an audio-book, so my perspective may be different. It took forever to listen to, but was well worth it. The 200...moreI loved this book! I listened to it as an audio-book, so my perspective may be different. It took forever to listen to, but was well worth it. The 2007 audio-book read by John Lee was wonderful. He did an excellent job with the characters' voices and read at an easy to follow pace.
Without going into to much detail, because there was plenty of that in the book, this was the story of a cathedral being built and all of the people and events that happened leading up to and throughout the building over about 50 years. Follett created beautiful characters that you felt connected to while reading. He wove together many different characters from different walks of life into one story. I liked learning bits and pieces about life in a monastery as well as the very poor people of the time, instead of the usual kings and queens that is written about a lot during this period.
Follett wrote a wonderful story. I actually listened to the abridged version of World Without End (the sequel to Pillars) before listening to this. Now I think I'll have to get an unabridged version of World Without End to hear that in its entirety as well. (less)
I listened to this a few years ago and loved it just as much now as I did then. Unfortunately I only own the abridged audio version, but it's still ve...moreI listened to this a few years ago and loved it just as much now as I did then. Unfortunately I only own the abridged audio version, but it's still very good. The abridged version of the prequel, Pillars of the Earth, was not nearly as good. World Without End abridged was still 12 CDs long!
This book is simply well written and an excellent listen. There is a single actor who does all of the voices and he does them well. His pace is good, he has distinct voices for all of the characters, and he is interesting and engaging throughout the book.
This is a great book with a wonderful story and unforgettable characters (well, except that there are a lot of characters to keep track of, so sometimes I forgot who some were, but then quickly remembered again!). If you liked Pillars of the Earth, you will like this. If you like 14th century stuff, you'll probably like this. If you like historical fiction, you may like this too.(less)
I listened to this book as an audio book, so my experience/review may differ from that of other readers.
I don't know the name of the woman who read th...moreI listened to this book as an audio book, so my experience/review may differ from that of other readers.
I don't know the name of the woman who read the story, but she was alright. She did well with the German pronunciations and accents for as much as I could tell. However, there was something about her voice or reading that wasn't that engaging. I listened to this story during my morning and evening commutes and found my mind wandering fairly often and not caring enough about what was being read to rewind and catch up. This could partly be the story itself, but I didn't particularly find myself drawn to this reader. 3/5 stars for her.
Ah, the story itself. I really wanted to like this story. I like zoos. I like Holocaust stories. This book sounded like something I would really enjoy...and yet I did not. As stated above, my dislike could possibly be partially due to the reader, but I think the story was lacking in keeping my attention. I found some of the characters confusing, as in, they had similar names and I couldn't keep straight which character was which. Also, the story seemed to ramble on at times in directions which strayed from the overall story. I don't know anything about the history of this book, if the basic story is true or if this might simply be based on an idea of "what might have happened to zoos during this time". However, some of the side information about the war and goings on outside of the zoo, to me, took away from the family story and caused me to lose interest. I wanted to like it, but overall, was disappointed. If someone is interested in this different view of the war, I would recommend it to them.(less)
I half listened to this as an audio book and half read it. It's so long I had to consume it whenever I had a moment. The woman reading the audio book...moreI half listened to this as an audio book and half read it. It's so long I had to consume it whenever I had a moment. The woman reading the audio book gets 5/5 stars, she was excellent with her reading and the accents and pace. I loved hearing her Scottish accent so much I noticed myself thinking in a Scottish accent and wondering what those might sound like out loud - then trying them out! (I'm a speech-language pathologist, listening to speech is my job!)
I loved this book. I had heard about this book quite a few times and was never interested because it talked of time travel. (I read The Time Traveler's Wife and wasn't impressed.) I would categorize this book more has historical fiction from a "modern" point of view. Also, there's a lot more, "romance" may not be the word, sex in this book than I expected. I don't normally read explicit romance type novels, but this one had just enough to be fun and entertaining, and yet enough other pieces of the story that this wasn't all about sex by any means.
I enjoy historical fiction, however, my fictional interests tend to be in late 1800s-early 1900s England and America. This book is neither of those, mostly set in the mid 1700s in Scotland and surrounding areas. I still loved it.
Outlander is an easy read and fairly easy to follow. There are a number of characters to keep track of, but they play big enough parts that they're not hard to recall. The book, while long, keeps the reader interested and entertained throughout.
I would recommend this to anyone who might like a historical fiction book, female protagonist narrator, a bit of sex and romance, and different adventures around every turn of the page. My only problem is that now I have 12? more books to read in the series! This could take a while!(less)
I only gave this book 3 stars because it took me so long to read through! I was really excited to read this book and start this new series, but I got...moreI only gave this book 3 stars because it took me so long to read through! I was really excited to read this book and start this new series, but I got a little lost in this book. I loved the beginning and the story, but then from the middle through the end I struggled to finish. The characters started to all blend together and I didn't know who was fighting who and who was hiding from whom. I like that the book is based off of factual information, or as much as the author could find, but the story dragged in the middle.(less)
I loved this book! I received this book as a First-Reads Giveaway and was excited to get it in the mail!
Having never read The Scarlett Letter (I trie...moreI loved this book! I received this book as a First-Reads Giveaway and was excited to get it in the mail!
Having never read The Scarlett Letter (I tried to once in high school but quit) I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy Hester. However, Reed did not fail to deliver. Reed gave a bit of background about Hester and Pearl throughout the novel, but no more than was necessary and only when it would add to the story. I liked Hester's character and felt that I could understand her and the choices that she made. She is a strong woman character, even for the time period. Also, her ability to see people's sins, which she gained from her own sins, made the story interesting and gave her a purpose.
The novel was easy to read and I found that once I started it, I did not want to put it down. An excellent first novel for Paula Reed!(less)