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This is one of those books that must be better as a read than a listen. I would listen for a while, lose track, rewind. You know the ritual. In the end, I got through about three hours of it. Life of Pi has a slow start but then becomes engrossing. This doesn't ever make that step. The review says it's beautifully written. I like a well written book but not something that plods along like this.
43 of 47 people found this review helpful
The review sounded so good I couldn't resist. I was hoping for another "Memoirs of a Geisha" but boy, was I disappointed. The story bounces all over the place, never seems to have a consistent theme and finally, turns out to be just plain boring. I'll give the author some credit; the imagery is nice and having traveled to many of the same locations in Asia myself, I enjoyed her descriptions of those places set in a bygone era. Unfortunately, the budding story of a war hero's longing for a very young girl (he refers to her as the "Changeling") made me think the guy was little more than a pedophile.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
This is a wonderfully written novel which credits the listener with the intelligence to handle complex language and subtle characters. Shirley Hazzard's themes of love, loss and attempts to rebuild broken lives after the second world war are not new, but her ability to write real people (both the main characters and the many secondary ones), create vibrant places and situations and her rich use of language, including a fabulous handling of dialogue lift this far above the ordinary. Virginia Leishman's precise RP suits the language well, but she's versatile enough to deliver accents, song and other languages beautifully too. A fabulous auidobook and one I will go back to many times.
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