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.
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
Although it felt slow at the start I was engrossed just in time to realize that there was more going on in this novel than meets the readers' eye at the outset. Anita Shreve rarely disappoints, and this book is no exception. The episodic style of the narrative is well managed -- I enjoyed it.
I am usually impressed by Anita Shreve's work but this latest could have been better. It is an interesting narrative technique to have all the characters speak in his/her own voice, and she even has one character in the 2nd person. But I found the central theme quite prosaic and I was expecting more of an adult viewpoint and more insight into how the events impacted the adult lives. Instead it was mostly about adolescent agnst, drinking at prep school, and teenage hormones.
Additionally, to have a "full cast" reading of a novel was awkward and when one character had only one line inserted here and there it didn't quite work, sounding staged and artificial.
Still it was enjoyable and distracting, so it gets a "2". But it is far from Anita Shreve's best work.
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.
Every action has consequences and this book shows how its effects can change an entire town. I like the fact that there were no clear villains and victims, but of the latter there were many. The narration brought it altogether and it was a good decision to use different narrators for many of the characters; it felt more personal.