Despite the reviews, I thought I could get passed any narrator, I was wrong. I got through 3 hours and although the story was quite entertaining, it just was not the right pick of teller. I suggest reading this one on kindle!
I wanted to read the book to compare to the film adaptation. They are very similar, kudos to the film makers for staying true to the author's original work. I recommend both the book and the film.
The narrator was very boring and he sounded old, I could hear him wheezing at certain points. I could barely concentrate on the stroy because I was so annoyed by the narrator's voice. I will NEVER again buy an audiobook narrated by this man!
To my surprise, I really enjoyed this book because suburbia, in my opinion, doesn't always lend itself well as a good, non-cliche subject. His humor reminds me a little of Nick Hornby. I thought Perrotta handled his characters with insight and empathy, without sugar coating some of their banal choices, with a very funny turn of phrase and insight. I can't wait to read his other books.
You could hear the narrator's whistles and swallowing noises in the first part of the book, but then they receded. He probably had his mic on too loud. Oh well, I got used to it.
I am only about an hour in to this audio book, and must say I am enjoying ever minute of it! It was offered at the daily deal price, so although I hesitated in the purchase because of bad reviews, I went ahead and got it. I am so glad I did. As I melted into the story, I would from time to time ask myself...okay, what part was bad? I write this without having yet finishing it, knowing that even if the ending wasnt great, who cares? I am enjoying the story as it unfolds.
Little Children manages to make you feel sorry for its characters without ever particularly rooting for any of them. Perrotta's prose somehow manages to be sympathetic and sarcastic at the same time. His words are consistently fresh, but his ensemble cast often flirts with the suburban cliches they're trying to avoid. Perhaps that's the point. I found the story entertaining from beginning to end, although the narrative arch of the romance was fairly predictable. I thought the narration by George Wilson was fantastic.
I didn't find the narrator to be distracting at all. He reminded me of the narrator of the movie. I would recommend watching the movie and reading the book for comparison of the two. Both are fantastic.
I like this book because its fresh and it covers the topic of adultery with real emotion and humor. I think cheating on your spouse is wrong, but I found myself sympathizing with the lead mom. I like that the author shows her flaws as well as those of other moms in the neighborhood who seem to have everything going for them.
The book has suspense with a strange happening towards the end. I didn't expect that, but the author did a good job tying it into the story.
The narration is done so well. I wish more audio books were like this one!