Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a wonderful story, made almost impossible to listen to by Scott Brick's pretentious narration! This makes half a dozen Brick books I've listened to, and I have yet to find a book that Brick narrated in such a way that it suited the story and characters. (Sorry all Scott Brick fans.)
That said, if you love books, you'll love the story of this bookstore and the delightful characters who caretake the shop on a small island on the coast of Rhode Island. Be forewarned; the first few chapters may be painful with Brick's gratuitous enunciations, inflections and lack of character accents. It took me some time to get beyond the narration, but the story grabbed me, so I resigned myself to Brick's faults and went forward.
It is a very contemporary story about the plight of today's independent book sellers. The story has lots of great twists and turns for all of the story's characters which gave this book great charm.
I halfway wish I would have read the story from a real paper book. That way, I could have imagined the tone of voice and accents that Zevin surely intended his characters to have.
With no published reviews of this book, I didn't really know what I was getting when I bought it on Audible. What I got was something wonderful. A good story, a good narrator and a tale that makes you think and consider the resilience of the human condition. In it, lost children are sheltered and nurtured by a once-lost man; long-ago mis-justices are researched and undone; and wisdom in the form of one-sentence phrases is delivered to all who listen.
I like this book because it WASN'T an edge of the seat tale. Perhaps I've grown tired of that genre for the time being. . . so this, a form of gentle, descriptive, poignant story-telling really caught my interest. Yes there were mysteries to solve and complex personal interactions to weave, but it was mostly just a nice, solid story that engages you from the very beginning.
If there are faults to be found, they come from two or three brief (and not critical) glitches in the recording quality. (In them, phrases are repeated, as if they were dubbed in.)
All in all, if you are ready for something different, this book just might be the ticket.
Wow! Wally Lamb has done it again! I've come to accept that this male writer somehow has a deep understanding of the female experience as well as the male . . . although I'll probably never understand how he did so. This book is simply outstanding; perhaps the best book of the year.
This is a gripping story of a family with secrets that drive them apart and bring them together. It is a difficult read, with child sexual abuse serving as one of the family secrets; and one of the sicknesses, too. That said, it will surely touch a nerve with any reader whose family has experienced violence, abuse, alcoholism, extra-marital affairs, divorce, sibling rivalry or any of many other dysfunctional issues.
The book uses a series to narrators, chapter by chapter, who are primary characters in the book. While some reviewers have indicated they found problems with some of the readers, I didn't. Each was unique and each, I thought, portrayed the character with great skill.
In sum, great story, well read. Highly recommended!