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When you listen to this book you understand both why the author received the Nobel Prize in Literature and why people are still reading the book nearly a century later. A wonderful story line with characters that will stay with you. Beautifully performed. Never a dull moment in the 40+ hours of listening.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I work at Audible as an Audible Editor, so, yes! I would recommend this book to many, many Audible listener friends. In all seriousness, I loved this book for years, and recommended it personally many, many times in print before I had a chance to amplify it in audio.
What other book might you compare Kristin Lavransdatter to and why?
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante -- serious, award-winning fiction in translation from a major literary talent.WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel -- deep dive into a historical setting in order to illuminate the point of view of a single, incandescent main character. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte (as read by Thandie Newton) -- a novel (technically a bildungsroman) by a brilliant woman author, about the moral formation of a female character, loved by generations of readers.
What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?
Erin Bennett has a straightforward performance style that isn't overly dramatic; hers is a voice I could listen to for 45 hours with great enjoyment. She manages to convey the vicissitudes of Kristin's experience and all of the varied characters subtly but distinctively.. Also, she is spot on with the Norwegian proper names! Erin, if you're reading this: thank you! (I'd love to read your review of the audiobook!)
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, but that's just not the kind of book it is. (It's three novels in one audiobook, after all!) I see this audiobook as a meaty story that will reward listeners' time commitment with a rich experience.
Any additional comments?
Now I really want to go to Lillehammer!
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