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!
I am a D-Bag.
You ever hang around someone because they make you feel better about yourself. Well that's this book in a nut shell. Cheating spouses, a loser cop, soccer moms who have sex on a schedule, grow men killing each other playing in a tackle football league no one cares about and a fat child molester. What a crew of losers. Great story and I loved the ending. This author does not apologize for his characters or his writing. One of my favs. Check out his LEFTOVER series on HBO or Showtime cant remember which its worth the time also.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were rich and colorful, and the way their lives intertwined was actually believable. The story was entertaining, if depressing at times. My only disappointment was the ending. I wanted more closure than it offered. All in all, I recommend as an entertaining read.
I thought the narrator did a great job with what he had to work with. Boring with no redeeming value or lesson. Not my favorite book by far.