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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 28 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 27, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009HL6368
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Like a good lover, this book is thoughtful, deliberate and profound. Each character is nuanced, and each moment is strategically delivered. I'll spare the plot summary since several other reviewers did a great job at it, but I will say that it's been a long time since I read a book that was so well organized. Scenes that seem inconsequential reappear as important background later in the book, and each peripheral story line is elaborately folded into the bigger picture. This book is absolutely exquisite.
Julianne is an intriguing heroine, because she is the anti-Bella, anti-Katniss of the major blockbuster dichotomy. She is neither vapid and ungrateful, nor aloof and merciless. She does not adhere to the idea that a woman must either be a damsel in distress or a dragon lady. Julianne is something entirely different - she is broken and rebuilding. I normally despise meekness (in fictional characters and in real people), but I found her timid nature endearing, because beneath it was the soul of a lion. She knew how to choose her battles, and when she chose to let loose, she knew how to leave a mark. The best summation of her character was the scene when Christa screamed insults at her, and Julianne refused to lower herself by responding in kind.Read more ›
As a reader, I am drawn to books that are character driven and this novel is one of the strongest I have come across in quite some time. Reynard's male characters elicited strong responses from me from the very beginning and continued to do so throughout. For example, there's Paul the fellow graduate student who always made me feel a little creeped out and in need of shower after reading scenes which required his presence. And then of course, there is Gabriel who, on the one hand is a total rat bastard and on the other is just so completely compassionate and caring. Gabriel is by far the strongest, most damaged, and most fascinating character in this book. To the world, Gabriel is a buttoned down professor who specializes in the works of Dante and favors bow ties and expensive suits. Then there's the other Gabriel, the man with passions that run deep and inhibitions that are virtually nonexistent who has a taste for fine food, fine wine, and morally ambiguous women.
Gabriel's story alone would be enough to keep the casual reader interested but for those looking for more substance, meet Julia. Julia is the only female character of significance in this novel and like the male characters she elicited a very strong response from me. Unfortunately that response was not always a good one.Read more ›
What I liked:
- The author's diction and structure. I found myself occasionally needing to look up words, language translations, references, etc. For once, I didn't feel like my IQ dropped a few points by reading a romance novel.
- The unveiling of the story. I was very impressed with the way the book started out, where the reader's knowledge of what was going on is very limited. There were so many questions going through my mind that refused to allow me to put the book down until I figured everything out. While I was not as impressed as I hoped to be once that happened, I very much enjoyed the ride.
- The cultural parallels. This book felt like it was researched thoroughly and painstakingly planned. There were so many references and parallels to art, music, and literature, and I am fairly confident that I only uncovered a small percentage, based on the fact that I never read the Divine Comedy.
What I didn't like:
- The length. This book was very long - almost unnecessarily so. Some descriptions or internal monologues went on for pages and pages, when they didn't seem necessary. There is one love scene in particular that I was hoping to be dazzled by after waiting for it for so long, but it kept going and going and going for so long that I got bored. I never thought I would say this, but sometimes for these scenes, shorter and sweeter is better.
- Julianne's/Beatrice's pedestal. I enjoyed the book immensely up until about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way through.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was not what I expected; however, it was an enjoyable read.Published 2 days ago by K.K. Inu lover
Was looking for something like fifty shades. It wasnt very fifty shades like. I liked the story but gosh, too wordy. Somethings did not need such an elaborate description. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JR
This is the first book I've read that is from everyones POV. At one point my head was spinning. Major plot points with loads of missing information. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lo Down
Love this is my fav book ever, i love the innocence of Julia and the way she grew through he book, Gabriel is a very complex character thas been through a lot, and love how he... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Romi Quirico
Did I read the same book as the 5 star reviewers? This book is really terrible. The characters are all annoying and not well developed. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Manager mom
A review "maybe" is to follow in the far future. Maybe...as in synonymous of uncertainty, just so I don't make promises I can't keep. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cristiane-Florida
Freaking Amazing. ...Loved every page. every minute. every word....
This is definitely a must read and a must one click. Read more