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I won't say I didn't enjoy this book because I did, I did but... It left me uncomfortable for the fact. A wonderful story of hidden natural wonders sandwiched between some very teeth clenching events of extreme taboo for our society underwritten with the questions of how such things are perceived by other societies - a questioning of moral values which no one wants to face.
Uncomfortable stuff, by the end, but none the less magical in parts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A narrator who seemed to be enjoying the story
What was most disappointing about Hanya Yanagihara’s story?
The epilogue. It was too predictable, and there could have been a good twist there.
Any additional comments?
I carried on listening, partly because I'd paid for it, and partly in hope for an amazing ending. I didn't have any empathy with the main character, and no other character was fleshed out enough to get to know. I didn't know where the story was going but was left deflated.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Hanya Yanagihara or narrated by Jeff Harding?
I read "A Little Life", and it was possibly the best book I've ever read. That urged me to pick up another Hanya Yanagihara book - The People in the Trees.
Was The People in the Trees worth the listening time?
It was... not bad. But it was also not great. I found it a bit of a muddled story about lust and abuse that didn't come together well. (Hanya ended up completely nailing this theme in her next book "A Little Life"). It was a long book, and I listened to the end. To be honest, I think it was Jeff Harding's narration that won me over. His adaptation of the lead character was spot on for me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Wonderfully read, I won't easily forget this book. What a story!! made all the more amazing that it's basis is in fact.