SO sad this book was over so soon.......LOVED IT !!!!!
My first listen to the author, but he may be moved to my top 5. Sad parts, yes, but I felt guilty laughing at the way he talked about them. And it IS funny, after a while I got over my guilt and laughed all the way along. Felt good actually !!! Nice to know someone else thinks like I do, but he knows how to express it.
VERY entertaining....very poignant, very real, any adult can understand these emotions and must have similar experiences.
How much should I say without spoiling the story for the people reading any review?
Just know it's heartwarming, soul-searching, and entertaining material. So glad I took the chance to listen. I've never heard of this author, or this title, but will be listening to everything else from him that I can get my ears on.
5 ***** + 5*****
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I love a good dysfunctional family story, and This is Where I Leave You features the ultimate family train wreck. In this book, the Foxman family gathers to remember their recently deceased father Mort. He wants them to sit shiva for a week, and that brings the family under one roof for socializing, reflecting, and fighting. Personalities clash, old wounds reopen, and secrets slip out in this dramedy.
The reason I picked this one up is because of the upcoming movie release. The movie has an all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Connie Britton, Dax Shepard, and on and on. I saw the trailer with all these funny people and it sparked my interest in the book. The movie reminds me of those dysfunctional family comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, The Royal Tenenbaum‘s and The Family Stone. And from what I’ve seen so far it looks like the movie is very similar in tone to the book.
The book is written in the dejected Judd Foxman’s POV. His life is turned upside down when he catches his wife in bed with another man, and now he’s grappling with his father’s death and dealing his siblings baggage and other skeletons in the closet. He and his three siblings may all be grown now, but being back at home (with the spouses and kids in tow) brings back some juvenile tendencies.
The tone of the book is darkly comic, and the book’s narrator Judd is wry and bitter. It’s one of those books where the situations get more and more outrageous, and you’re wondering what could possibly happen next to this family. There is an eccentric cast of characters that bring comic relief to what is obviously a sad occasion, and the revelations come on fast and furious.
I listened to the audiobook, performed by Ramon de Ocampo. His delivery is great, and his voice kind of reminded me of Steve Carell, so I was kind of imagining Carell as Judd when I was listening. The narrator has a deadpan style that gels nicely with the book, and de Ocampo delivers an engaging performance. There are a lot of different personalities for de Ocampo to inhabit, and he gets into character without going over the top. A quick listen, overall.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
This is the book that turned me on to Jonathan Tropper several years ago. I've since read all of his work in print, re-read several on Audible. With the movie version due in September, and with This Is Where I Leave You showing up in a recent BOGO sale, I leaped at the chance to re-read one of my all time favorites in audio. So it is now one my all time favorites in audio.
Judd Foxman recently caught his wife sleeping with his boss, so he is loveless, homeless, jobless, broke, and on the verge of divorce (cuckolded, as he says repeatedly). Then his father dies. He and his family have to sit shiva in his parents' suburban home, receiving visitors while revisiting every aspect of their past and determining the course of their future. Similar structure to all of Tropper's books, but each one somehow remains fresh, and this is one of the funniest of them all.
The cast of the upcoming movie is killer. Jason Bateman as Judd, Tina Fey as his sister, Jane Fonda as his mother, Adam Driver from Girls as his funnier brother, Corey Stoll from House of Cards as his serious brother, Dax Shephard from Parenthood as his donkey-hole boss, Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, Ben Schwartz from House of Lies and Parks & Rec, Abigail Spencer from Suits, Tim Olyphant from Justified, and the underrated Kathryn Hahn who was hilarious in We're the Millers. Although Ramon de Ocampo doesn't do voices, he nails the passive aggressiveness of the Foxmans with his deadpan reading, and I could hear each of the actors delivering these lines in the movie.
Whether you've read it already or not, read it in advance of the movie, or read it afterwards, you will not be disappointed.
This was a very entertaining book. I was really enjoying this and then I started to think about the relationships I have with my siblings. It forces us to think about the importance of family and recognize that we all have some "quirks" within our family. I truly appreciataed the honesty of the story.
This one is good for making you feel better about your own family. Some moments will stick in your head for a long time. Leaving you wondering-What if that happened to me?
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I made the mistake of thinking this might be like "The Book of Joe" - a Tropper book that I thoroughly enjoyed. However, this particular book is missing the complexity of the characters that made "Joe" such a winner. Tropper's signature sarcasm fills this book, too - but it's not funny.
I'm not sure what appealed to me less: the flat delivery, the mundane dialogue or the tired themes. It felt much too predictable and very pedestrian.
Yes and I already have! I read this book years ago and loved it. Recent a friend asked me to list/ recommend some of my favorite books and this one instantly came to mind. I tried to find my paperback copy to loan it out but unfortunately it was lost to time. Wanting to reread it again myself I downloaded the audio book and was not disappointed.
This book is a great combination of funny, emotional, and thought provoking. Although I feel this book and it's characters aren't perfect, it is incredibly entertaining, and lets be honest what is 100% perfect anyway. I became very invested in the story and it's characters, unable to put this book down after starting it. This book made me realize how events are not simply black and white but more a shade of gray with many people at fault and affected by it. I also realized how easy it is for people to settle when faced with hardship and then become complacent. While reading this book I fell in love with its dysfunctional family and laughed the whole time.
If you liked this book I would suggest How to talk to a widower and the book of joe by the same author.
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Very entertaining family of dysfunction or maybe just your normal crazy people. Tropper's voice is so insightful one moment the next moment I could give him such a kick for his disparaging descriptions of older people. Anyone one from forty-four to sixty and older, watch out.
Not my favorite Listen. Kept hoping it would get better. Not terrible but I would have missed anything if I skipped the book.