Jonathan Tropper has proven to be an outstanding storyteller with each of his novels. 'This is Where I Leave You', from front to back, is overflowing with witty writing, touching moments that can easily bring tears to one's eyes, and a style that would appeal to most readers, as it is written from a perspective that each of us can relate to in one way or another. Family drama ranging from sad, disturbing dysfunction to persistent hilarity is the key factor in this story. Each character feels real, as if they are my own family members... this is a clear sign of outstanding writing. Tropper has a way with words, but it goes much further than that. He has a way of pulling the reader into the lives of the characters, individually and as a group, making the reader care about each character without bogging down the story with too much explanation about relationships.
The narration was brilliant, in my opinion. Ramon de Ocampo nails the flavor of the story, with a perfect depiction of every character. Often male narrators leave me annoyed with how they read the female dialogue (whiny, nasally interpretations of women), but in this story, Ramon de Ocampo was able to read the women in ways that fit with the story. I will be looking for other books read by this narrator, as I rank him among the best.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who wants to enjoy a solid, witty story. Prepare to be moved to tears from time to time, as this story will take you there. And be sure you want to do a lot of laughing, because you won't be able to stop yourself.
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It's kind of the cliche story of crazy siblings reuniting over the death of a parent and chaos ensues.
This story is enjoyable and interesting at times, it can be captivating with twists and turns that keep you listening but there are also boring parts you can't wait to get through, some beating of a dead horse, and the overall theme of the book doesn't have much going on. A dysfunctional family stuck together for a week…. cute idea but that's about it. I did like it enough to finish it and I am curious what they will add to the movie since I don't see enough content to fill a feature length film.
I try to find something about a main character to admire or empasize with. But, in this story, I felt nothing but disgust and loathing for him. Having walked in on his wife in their marital bed, vigourously engaged in the arms of his boss, naturally was devastating. But, farther into the story, I began to feel empathy for the wife. The main character was so busy describing how perfecect he thought his relationship was with his wife, it became clear that he hadn't a clue as to if she was just as pleased with their relationship. She married into an extremely dysfunctional family, who each were content to distance themselves from each other for various reasons. With the death of their father, each of the syblings, grudgingly agreed to participate in a seven-day ceremony which forced them to be together. The author went out of his way, in my opinion, to shock the readers by describing the most intimate and sometimes, disgusting sexual topics in every paragraph. Nevertheless, I didn't give up on the story. And, as I suspected, even at the end, I was blessed with yet, another shocker.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
I certainly think it's better as an audio because you put a picture and place it scene by scene.
The most memorable moments are when Philip doesn't exactly situations too seriously. I'm a lot like that. I can relate because also the baby in my family.
Never have but he reminds me of Steve Buscemi. Good reader captured the tension perfectly.
I honestly feel like Philip and I would hit it off.
Would highly recommend, the narrator handles each character so well that you can see this as a movie playing out in your head.
The vulnerability and honesty of the main character, he bares it all.
This was the best narration of an audiobook so far, better than David Sedaris, and I've heard him read many times. His voice sounds similar to the actor Steve Carrell.
Lots of moments, I saw that this story is being made into a movie, which I can't wait to see. I hope they stick closely to the book as the twists and turns play out quite nicely.
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The book itself wasn't anything fantastic, but it had some great scenes and really great one-liners! I hope the movie that comes out this year can bring some of those scenes to life!
It's worth a listen if you need a laugh, just don't plan on taking too much away from this one.
If your family is dysfunctional , well this one makes yours looks like normal….So enjoyed
Similar to the Big Chill. Same type of story. I like the way it moved from past to present and that the process of mourning was captured.
Nice job capturing the different characters
This is a very, very funny book. But underneath the humor, is a heartbreaking tenderness for each and every character. The dying wish of the family patriarch is for his family to sit shiva for one week. Each member of the family is forced to face who they are, and who they are in relationship to the rest of the family. The narration is terrific and I often laughed out loud. But as I said, there is a strain of caring of the author for his characters, and the reader begins to feel the same. A definite keeper to be listened to again and again.