The story itself was bland and trite. The plot was predictable and so were the characters. Many of the characters were supposed to be high school students, but it seems as though Anita Shreve really has no concept of high school students at all. The dialogue was cheesy, and the descriptions lasted forever and accomplished nothing.
The story is supposed to be cleverly written because it constantly alternates between characters, time, and perspective, but the plot and the characters were so blah that I couldn't bring myself to appreciate the style.
The performance was fine, but the story was awful to the point of distraction.
I will probably read a non-fiction.
I would skip everything and just get to the end. The entire story is painfully drawn out, and I guess by not revealing the entire story until the very end, Shreve is attempting to create some kind of suspense. I would fall asleep listening to this and wake up and have to rewind and then realize that I was probably better off never rewinding at all.
I wonder if the paper edition really has every single high school student avoiding contractions.
I adore Anita Shreve's books. They are always deep profiles of what goes on inside a person's mind. very twisty, never loses my interest.
I fell in love with Anita Shreve years ago, in college. I read "All He Ever Wanted" and "The Last Time They Met". However, I never was able to get into Bodysurfing, and although I own all of her books on my shelf, it's been a long time since I finished her novels.
I downloaded this novel and started listening. It is an incredibly delicate story, written by an author whose novels are classy and poignant, even when dealing with sensational or taboo subjects. The narrators are the best of the best. They bring this story to life. Some books are even better an audio and this is one of them. This performance reminds me of why I love the delicate but heartbreaking writing of Anita Shreve!
The naration in this audiobook makes listening to it a chore. I should learn to listen to other reviewers regarding poor naration before wasting a credit. The storyline, however, is very interesting and I'm sure would be a great book to read in print.
Generally I do not care for audio programs with multiple readers, I prefer a single narrator, but this was done well. The story was well told and kept me coming back to follow its development, even though the author purposefully foreshadows certain key plot developments.
This just didn't catch me. I appreciate trying to get out the perspectives of all relations in this type of story, but it doesn't work for me. Maybe that is why I am losing interest in Jodi Piccoult's books lately.
The story goes from one person to another, from one time setting to another ...it is confusing when listening to it and might work better in print. But beyond that, it went nowhere.
The narration changes didn't bother me. All did well to present their character.
The ending was especially dissappointing. It wasn't a happy ending (which is okay for me), but it seemed like it jut left you hanging. No one got off scott free, in the end.
I would strongly reccommend other books by Anita Shreve, but not this one.
I agree with a few of the other reviews- some of the narrations on this recording were a little annoying and distracting (specifically, Silas's chapters drove me nuts). However, this definitely didn't ruin the whole book for me; I found it generally engaging and thought-provoking. A good story with at least one terrible casting choice.
This was a great listen, I really enjoyed the book and there were a few twists that I didn't see coming. The narrative style was perfect, the whole idea of a "cast" reading was great for the structure of the book. I have always been a fan of Anita Shreve, and this book doesn't disappoint.
Good story, compelling characters and style. Unfortunately, many of the 'actors' narrating here are so overly dramatic, it was like listening to bad community theater, or worse. Made it impossible to focus on the story; I had to stop listening halfway through, and ended up checking the book out of the library to finish the story (kind of defeats the purpose of an audiobook, don't you think?)
I have listened to other multiple cast audiobooks, that were done well, with realistic actors/narrators as the characters. This is definitely NOT one of them. Save your audiobook credit, and do what I did----read the actual book itself.