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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Dan Brown
  • Sprecher: Paul Michael
  • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 10 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 529

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Leider ein schwächerer Dan Brown

  • Von Philipp Am hilfreichsten 12.11.2017

Dan Brown has answers to the ultimate questions

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 11.10.2018

I became ardent fan of Dan Brown, when I read the DaVinci Code. It was such an unusual, mesmerizing thriller, filled to the brim with well researched historical facts and speculations, I simply could not put the book down. Of course I also came to like Robert Langdon, this unbelievable smart and savvy historian.

Unfortunately Dan Brown struggles very hard to deliver anything close to that with his later novels. Origin is well written and packed with trivia of art and history, especially the detailed information about Antoni Gaudi and his architecture are a pleasure to hear. On top of that the author does not shy away from tackling the great issues of humanity, the conflict of science and religion and the impact of artificial intelligence on our future. Regardless of that, Dan Brown wanted too much and ran the risk of coming across as a preacher of his own religious beliefs and wannabe prophet of mankind’s future.

In Origin we meet again with Robert Langdon in Bilbao Spain. He is attending an event in the world famous Guggenheim museum, where his friend and former student Edmund Kirsch will reveal to the world the answer to the ultimate questions, where do we come from and where are we going. His friend is well aware of the tremendous impact his revelation will have on religions and mankind in general, but even he did not expect, what is going to happen.

In the course of events Harry Langdon is chased across Spain, accompanied by the beautiful director of the Guggenheim museum and future queen of Spain. In a battle against ultraconservative forces he makes it his mission to make the findings of his friend Robert Kirsch known to the world. In this life threatening task he finds a comrade-in-arms in Vincent, the AI computer programmed by Robert Kirsch.

Yes, this is a mouthful, but overall entertaining and fun to listen to.

  • False Impression

  • Autor: Jeffrey Archer
  • Sprecher: Lorelei King
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 29 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death - a priceless Van Gogh painting. It's a young woman in the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the building who has the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady's death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Van Gogh amidst the twin tower tragedy

  • Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 10.10.2018

Van Gogh amidst the twin tower tragedy

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.10.2018

I know that Jeffrey Archer can do better than that. This novel is far from what he usually delivers. Using the tragic events of September 11 as a setting for a disappointingly weak crime story about a stolen van Gogh painting is simply poor taste.

Anna Petrescu, a brilliant PhD art expert, who works for a rich but shady banker starts to doubt the legality or ethics of her employer’s business practices. When an aristocratic old lady in Great Britain is in danger to lose her estate, including a valuable art collection, she sets out on a mission to put things right again. She is unaware of an ongoing FBI investigation and her actions put her under suspicion and make her look like an accomplice.

It is a fast moving story, covering events in the USA, Great Britain, Romania and Japan and including crimes of all types, murder, fraud, money laundering etc. Regardless of all that, the story appears construed and predictable, the characters are black and white and the romantic ending reminds you of pulp fiction.

Some listeners were unhappy with Lorelei King's Performance. I cannot agree with that, she actually made me finish the story.

  • Americanah

  • Autor: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Sprecher: Adjoa Andoh
  • Spieldauer: 17 Std. und 28 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • herausragende Sprecherin

  • Von Beate Am hilfreichsten 25.08.2014

Immigration, the real story

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 17.09.2018

I do not know, whether this is a great book, but it definitely is an important book. Ngozi Adichie tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerian teenagers, a young couple with great dreams and expectations. They want to leave Nigeria, because they don’t see any chance for an adequate career and a decent live, they want to move to the USA. Unfortunately reality catches up with them and their plan turns into an odyssey full of hardship, misery and pain and finally their lives drift apart.

No doubt, Adichie is a skillful narrator. She tells the story with sufficient warmth and passion and the characters are drawn in loving detail and appear to be lifelike individuals. The prose is adequate and fits to the diary like narrative.

I especially liked the voice of Adjoa Andoh. She might not be Nigerian, but she tells the story with a charming accent, which makes the listening pure joy.

The book is full of interesting details and observations. Ifemelu’s blog about white and black America is full of biting wit, but very depressing at the same time. You will learn a lot about immigration issues, trafficking and related crimes. The book also offers a lot of insight into Nigerian politics and everyday life of the prosperous as well as the poor.

The romantic thread did not impress me that much. There were signs of deep love and affection, but also a lot of superficial aspects. Ifemelu does not hesitate at all to break a family apart, just to get her Obinze back.

Some of the book's content rubbed me the wrong way. Corruption, political intrigue and nepotism in Nigeria appear to be widely accepted as part of the culture. Ifemelu, who had a sharp eye for all the sore spots in the US society, appeared to be rather blind after her return to Nigeria.

I still do not know, whether I really liked the book, but it was good that I read it.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • Autor: Lee Child
  • Sprecher: Dick Hill
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 6 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The old Jack Reacher is back

  • Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 22.02.2018

The old Jack Reacher is back

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.02.2018

With the ‘The Midnight Line' Lee Child brings back the Reacher, we fell in love with. I was ready to give up on him during the last couple of books, which appeared to me flat and construed, but the new book surprised me. It is not just the reappearance of the old Reacher, powerful, stubborn and self-assured, who will set out to put things right against all odds, but also the haunting and evocative storyline resonated strongly with me. It is an emotional story, deeply moving with a strong message. It is a story about forgotten heroes and society’s indifference and neglect.

In a pawnshop in Wisconsin Reacher finds a class ring West Point 2005. The ring is small with the initials engraved on the inside and obviously made for a petite woman. Why would somebody give up a ring like that? Reacher would not be Reacher, if he was not piqued to find out more. He sets out on a quest, which quickly draws him into a quagmire of corruption, organized crime and drug dealers and no wonder, soon enough, he becomes a target himself.

Of course, we all know, how likely it is that one guy beats up a bunch of other guys, not just once, but with a certain regularity. It really is highly unlikely, but we would love it to be true. Jack Reacher is a fairy tale figure for adults and his existence would give us comfort in a world, where fairness and justice are hard to find sometimes.

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  • Learning to Swear in America

  • Autor: Katie Kennedy
  • Sprecher: Aaron Landon
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 58 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 12

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid - his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel Prize if there's ever another Nobel Prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Russian teenage physicist saves the world

  • Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 22.02.2018

Russian teenage physicist saves the world

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.02.2018

It is a lovely book and Katie Kennedy managed to charm me in spite of all the misgivings, I had initially. The story cannot be taken too seriously, it is rather harmless and unrealistic and probably targeted at young adults, but is nicely told and Katie Kennedy really knows how to create enchanting and endearing characters. It really is a “feel good” story and that helps to overlook all the clichés presented in the narrative. At times, I was afraid that Yuri, the young Russian and Dovie with her hippy parents would turn into cartoon characters, but somehow the author managed to avoid this trap.

Learning to Swear in America is not a nail biting thriller, even though it is full of action and events. The story is quite funny at times, but most of all I perceived it as a story of coming of age, first love, purpose and meaning of life and maybe even the essence of being human.

Briefly summarized, the plot is as follows. An asteroid threatens to destroy the earth or at least most of California. There are just a couple of days left and all the leading scientists are clueless, how to stop it. Luckily, there is Yuri, a 17 year old Russian physicist, who could help with his ground breaking research on antimatter, but the eggheads at NASA distrust his approach. In the pending doom and the disaster just days away, Yuri meets Dovie and his eyes are opened to a completely different world apart from physics and math. He starts to understand, why it is so important to save the world.

Perhaps the story is a little bit corny, but it is a pleasure to read it.

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Lily King
  • Sprecher: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 53 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiebriger Anthropologie- und Liebesroman

  • Von papercuts1 Am hilfreichsten 15.03.2015

Love and Jealousy in the Jungle of New Guinea

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.01.2018

Relax, Euphoria is not a biography of the famous and at times very controversial anthropologist Margaret Mead, even if Nell Stone, the protagonist of the story, has a kindred spirit and might remind you of her. With Euphoria Lily King created a deeply moving and highly intelligent novel about human ambition and greed, love and jealousy, life and death, set in the exotic environment of the interior of New Guinea.

No surprise, Lily King knows how to tell a story. Her prose is full of powerful images and she precisely depicts not just the environment, but mood and emotions as well. She literally takes you to the jungle in New Guinea and you will start to smell the stink of rotting vegetation, foul breath and unwashed bodies. You will feel the oppressive heat and the onslaught of myriads of insects and most important of all, you will sense the lingering doom and impending tragedy.

The book tells the story of 3 young anthropologists, studying the culture and behavior of tribes in New Guinea untouched by civilization, the already modestly famous American Nell Stone, her envious and jealous Australian husband Fen and the British Andrew Bankson. Nell and Fen had to flee from their last project, when an enraged Mumbanyo tribe member throws a dead baby at Nell Stone. She breaks a leg during the flight and she and her husband are dispirited, dirty and sick with fever and downcast by failure. This is how they run into the depressed and lonesome Andrew. Andrew craves for company and easily persuades Nell and Fen to restart their research work with the Kiona tribe on a nearby lake. Very quickly Andrew becomes enthralled with the couple, especially with Nell. The three of them do some of their best work together, but it does not take long and love and jealousy get out of control, the three of them are heading for disaster.

It is a great book, beautifully read and the only complaint I have, it is too short.

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  • The Death of Dulgath

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3
  • Autor: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Sprecher: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 54 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria. When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves for hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hadrian and Royce on a quest to save a fairy

  • Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 26.01.2018

Hadrian and Royce on a quest to save a fairy

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 26.01.2018

Michael J. Sullivan did not disappoint me. The Death of Dulgath, the third book of the Riyria chronicles is as entertaining as its predecessors. Of course this is not Pulitzer prize stuff, but it is just fun to hear more from Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn. The witty and snappy banter, their dare devil attitude and the quality of good old fashioned story telling make it hard to put the book down or stop listening.

The story might be a little bit less violent this time, but this did not diminish its quality. Royce is still as vicious as ever and good natured Hadrian might have even gotten a bit more naïve, but both of them throw all their principles over board, when there is an opportunity to help a damsel in distress. Only this time the damsel is the last member of an old noble house and targeted for assassination, but even more disturbing is the dark secret this lady is sharing with Royce.

This is phantasy as good as it gets.

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  • Purity

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Jonathan Franzen
  • Sprecher: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
  • Spieldauer: 25 Std.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kein pures Vergnügen

  • Von Christian Am hilfreichsten 27.09.2015

A Modern Epic, Spanning Decades and Continents

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 24.01.2018

To say the least, Purity is a very ambitious book. Jonathan Franzen takes you on a quest, where he tries to deal with the blessings and woes of information society, the war between sexes, the problems of early adulthood, self-abandonment and even murder. Of course this tour de force is never boring, regardless of its epical length. At times plausibility might be stretched a little bit too far and the story gets a little bit too close to a modern fairy tale, but overall it is a masterpiece of storytelling.

The book tells the story of 23 year old Pip Tyler, an awkward young girl, who does not know her real name, but is stuck with 130.000 $ student debt. Her mother is overly protective and possessive and hides from the world in a small cabin in the woods. After a period of squatting with some drop-outs in Oakland, Pip is lured by a German woman to the jungles in South America, where she meets the mesmerizing Andreas Wolf, a Snowdon-like whistle-blower and former dissident in East-Germany. Torn between hostility and infatuation her stay in Wolf’s camp becomes unbearable and she is sent to Denver to work as an intern for the journalist Tom Aberant. A dark secret binds Wolf and Aberant together and Pip does not know, how to untangle herself.

Especially when describing the life in East-Germany and the fall of the Berlin wall, the narrative is not always accurate, but this might only be noticeable to German listeners. There are also lengthy passages, where you might ask, where this is going, but these are minor flaws. Overall it is an extremely fascinating story with great characters, especially Pip, with all her hostility and bitchiness will get close to your heart.

The one aspect of this audiobook, which became a real nuisance, was the constant mispronunciation to imitate a bad German accent. This was even more aggravating, because German Words and names were mispronounced as well. Otherwise all of the speakers did a good job.

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  • The End of the Affair

  • Autor: Graham Greene
  • Sprecher: Colin Firth
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 28 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid story! Colin Firth excellent, as expected

  • Von Jolanda und Lars Schröder Am hilfreichsten 23.05.2015

Love Story in Reverse

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 18.12.2017

Of course I realize that I step on thin ice, when I dare to criticize an acclaimed masterpiece, but regardless of the perfect prose and the skillfully written book, I seriously struggle with the content.

The story is set in London during world war II and quite straight forward. Maurice Bendrix, a young, promising writer, has an adulterous affair with Sarah, the bored wife of Henry Miles, a career civil servant. Initially the affair is simply driven by sexual lust and desire, but as it continues, Bendrix and Sarah become more and more dependent on each other. While Sarah’s main intent is to make Bendrix happy, Bendrix increasingly suffers from insane jealousy. Instead of enjoying the limited time of their encounters, they get dragged into painful arguments and fights.

When a bomb blast nearly kills Bendrix, as he is with Sarah, she breaks off the affair with no apparent explanation. Mad with jealousy, Bendrix hires a private detective to track down the new lover. The detective gets hold of Sarah’s diary and Bendrix makes a painful discovery. Sarah was always faithful to him and she really loved him deeply, but during the bomb explosion she made a promise to God, to end the affair, if Bendrix would survive. Before the lovers can get back together, Sarah dies from pneumonia.

There seems to be a lot of Graham Greene in Bendrix and if so, the young author must have been quite a jerk. While Sarah becomes more and more a saint like creature, Bendrix’s unreasonable jealousy and aggressive hostility turns him into a repulsive and miserable character. In addition to that, his arrogant and derisive behavior towards the genuinely good natured Henry is despicable.

This novel is the last of Greene’s catholic novels and he cannot refrain himself from sprinkling some miraculous, Godly interventions into the events. Somehow this was overdoing it a little bit.

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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • Autor: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Sprecher: John Lee
  • Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 4 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 35

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great narrator, so-so story

  • Von Andreas Am hilfreichsten 18.08.2018

Epic Family Saga in the Jungle of Latin America

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 18.12.2017

It took me nearly 40 years to reread Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude and I am as overwhelmed as I was before by the rich and powerful prose, the epic breadth of the story, the mystical and allegorical touch as well as the mosaic of incredible and unforgettable characters. The book is crammed with so many pictures, events and episodes, it makes your head spin.

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of 7 generations of the Buendia family in the fictitious town of Macondo. José Arcadio Buendía and his wife Úrsula Iguarán leave their native town in Colombo to search for a better life. After wandering for a long time in the jungle, they finally settle together with some friends at a river side and found Macondo. The little settlement is completely isolated from the rest of the world and the only highlight in the peaceful and pastoral life is the annual visit of a group of gypsies, who enchant the population with their acrobatics and magical devices.

The story of Macondo is the story of the Buendía family. During the history of Macondo we learn about the fate of the next 6 generations, with a lot of parallels in Latin American history perhaps. With the death of the last member of the family, Macondo crumbles into dust and is blown away by the wind.

All characters in this novel are unique and beautifully drafted. While the women are often strong and caring or passionate lovers, the men tend to be dreamers or adventurers. Even José Arcadio Buendía, the founder of Macondo falls for the spell of alchemy and loses touch with reality, while Úrsula Iguarán takes care of the family through the next 5 generations. José Arcadio, the first born son, runs away with a gipsy girl and sails the seas for years to return to Macondo, full of tattoos, but without any money. Aureliano Buendí, the second born son, an artist and warrior, becomes a revolutionary leader and after many defeats and failures spends the last years of his life tied to an oak tree in Macondo. Many characters follow in the coming generations, but the main streaks of the Buendias continue to repeat themselves.

Throughout the history of the Buendía family incest is a dominant theme. Úrsula Iguarán and José Arcadio Buendía are cousins, Aureliano José wants to marry his aunt Amaranta, Amaranta Úrsula gets pregnant by her nephew Aureliano and gives birth to baby boy, the last member of the Buendía family.

The story may appear convoluted and bizarre and its meaning or purpose is hard to guess, but there lies some of its magic and beauty perhaps. There is an abundance of selfish stubbornness, unlimited passion, wild lust and deep love to fill more than one book.