I never read a book twice. I read Winter's Tale four times, and decided to have it read to me for the fifth. If you watched the travesty of a movie and are expecting the same tripe between these pages you won't find it. The movie takes 1/10 of this story and does a sad hatchet job of by far one of the best books I've ever had the immense pleasure of reading. people who complain about the rambling and the confusing jumps between the main character Peter Lake and other seemingly unnecessary characters and chapters didn't get this amazing story. This is a book that is on the surface an incredibly rich and engrossing story, but when you reach the end you have an "Aha" moment that sheds a golden light on events throughout the book that re-colors the story and adds a deeper dimension to all that transpired, making you go back and seeing key elements anew and from a higher perspective. No book has made me laugh so hard, cry so bitterly, and love every character - especially the one you're supposed to hate. This is not a quick, light read like a McDonald's cheeseburger. This is a seven course meal of some of the best food you'll ever eat, and it will keep you fed for long after you put it down. Whatever you do, don't watch the movie. It's like seeing a very poor sketch rendered by a blind person on toilet paper and being told it's the Mona Lisa.
There was not enough dialogue. There was just narration.
Interesting story and plot that gets bogged down by overly flowery descriptions that often seem to go on far too long. Found myself day-dreaming until descriptive passages gave way to character and plot again.
Boring, long winded, I don't know how they made a movie from a 26 hour audio book.
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