Why can't language perfectly imitate sounds?

This is what your heart sounds like

Laura lives in a secluded cottage in the west of Ireland. Nobody knows of their existence. That changed, however, when the sound engineer Solomon discovered the young woman while filming a documentary in the forest. He is immediately fascinated by Laura. Solomon's partner, director Bo, is immediately planning a new documentary. The focus should be on Laura, because she is not only incredibly beautiful, but can apparently imitate every sound in the world perfectly. Laura agrees and suddenly she is catapulted into a noisy, fast-paced world. Can Laura find happiness there?

The beginning of the story is pretty leisurely. You can imagine the described scenes effortlessly, but the special spark jumps ... more

Laura lives in a secluded cottage in the west of Ireland. Nobody knows of their existence. That changed, however, when the sound engineer Solomon discovered the young woman while filming a documentary in the forest. He is immediately fascinated by Laura. Solomon's partner, director Bo, is immediately planning a new documentary. The focus should be on Laura, because she is not only incredibly beautiful, but can apparently imitate every sound in the world perfectly. Laura agrees and suddenly she is catapulted into a noisy, fast-paced world. Can Laura find happiness there?

The beginning of the story is pretty leisurely. You can imagine the described scenes effortlessly, but unfortunately the special spark does not jump over. The main protagonist, Laura, appears likeable from the first moment, and her special gift is fascinating. Still, that doesn't really drive the story forward. Because the feelings that Cecelia Ahern always effortlessly transports in her novels do not float between the lines here. Therefore, one looks at what is happening in a more distant manner. It is difficult to feel the special charm that this story should actually make, and that's why the first half of this novel is unfortunately quite dragging on.

Then the plot intensifies, but there is still no real closeness to the protagonists. The summary of the contents promises an enchanting, touching story full of emotion and imagination, in which the whole world and love resounds, but unfortunately that is not what you perceive when reading. Because Laura's problems, when confronted with the merciless show business, are too much in the focus. They suppress the fascination that Laura should actually trigger and the love that is supposed to ring out plays a rather neglected supporting role that hardly touches.

I have already read some of Cecelia Ahern's novels with great enthusiasm. So I was really looking forward to Laura's story because the summary of the contents sounded promising to me. But unfortunately I was quite disappointed with the content and the implementation. In the first half I had to force myself to read on and asked myself a few times whether this novel could really come from the pen of Cecelia Ahern. Because this story could not touch me and certainly not cast a spell over me. The ending was more interesting, but here, too, I hardly felt the special emotions that usually make up the charm of Cecelia Ahern's novels for me. For me, this book was a rather disappointing reading experience and that's why it only gets two out of five possible stars on my personal rating scale.