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Pretty OK story but hard to enjoy due to narrator's inadequate reading ability.
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Ann Patchett is a genius but the person narrating her audiobook is so painfully bad that I can't make it through the whole thing. It's genuinely distracting.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Likes; some of the writing is quite poetic and it is easy to read
A plot point is woven throughout the book.
I had some favourite characters. And there were some thought provoking bits.
Dislikes; a lot of pages describing the mundane tedious parts of day to day life, makes for a lot of boringness. Jumping from present to past with a tonne of characters. I thought that I was feeling confused because I was listening to the story, but friends who read it, also felt confused. All in all a dull book for me.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loved this saga of two families. Read well with good voices. Only draw back of listening in the car is I would have liked to draw myself a little family diagram. So many characters it was a bit confusing unless you super concentrate. Highly recommend though.
If you could sum up Commonwealth in three words, what would they be?
American soap opera
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
As an escape from the everyday, it was fine and I think it made me appreciate my own daily life.
Which character – as performed by Laurence Bouvard – was your favourite?
It changed as the book progressed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Possibly the ending.
Any additional comments?
I did enjoy being able to listen to the book instead of listening to the radio to and from work. I find it hard to find time to read at home but did enjoy this for a change. Had I actually read the book, I doubt if I would have finished it. I did enjoy it more towards the end.