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.
I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to relate to this book. A friend recommended it, so I went for it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's a great story with wonderful narration. I'll definitely re-listen to this after some time has passed so that I can relive it.
This book was middle of the road all the way. Not particularly interesting or engaging, rarely funny. Just another odd family and all their quirks. I have to say I didn't turn it off, so I guess there was something keeping me listening but, I would not run out and say get this book.
i like to read. i like to listen.
this was my first jonathan tropper book..not sure where i've been. but now i know what i've been missing. there were some great great one liners in this book. so many that i found myself bookmarking an over abundance of pages...with multiple marks on each page. by the time i got 1/3 of the way in, i stopped bothering...realizing that the entire novel was basically mark worthy.
judd, the narrator, was relatable in a depressing sort of way. self depricating, lost, sorry and sad...and speaking the voice of my generation. ramon de ocampo had the perfect voice to display the inner workings of judd...snarky and sad at the same time.
i laughed a lot, i also cringed a lot. the true-ness of the way tropper writes is at the same time eye opening and also upsetting.
so, this family was nothing like mine...but i don't care. they are obviously all caricatures. each one more deliberately miserable, discontented, and awful to each other....then alternately sensitive and loving in a way that reminds you of relationships you wish you had. anyway, all of this just contributes to the greatness of this story. it makes for a truly interesting dynamic filled with laughable and poignant interactions...all topped off by judd's truly insightful punch lines.
i could easily see this novel being turned into a film...hope that actually happens.
I did not enjoy the storyline of this book, nor did I like the writing style, for the most part. It was gloomy from the first paragraph.
Not sure of genre, but definitely the author.
Uh -- none. Not due to his performance, however. I just didn't like the characters.
The characters related well to each other -- they were believable.
I enjoyed the descriptive writing ability of the story, but the story itself was really depressing and boring. The characters were all basically dishonest in some fashion. Again, just not my kind of read.
Yes. There are parts of the book that are just better being heard with the inflections and interpretation of the narrator.
The cake scene. I laughed so hard, I nearly had to pull my car over. Trust me, you'll understand when you get to it.
Again, the cake scene. So didn't see it coming and thought it was hysterical. Not sure if the male readers will feel the same...
I was thinking halfway through that this could be a good movie if adapted right. But haven't figured out the right title yet...
It's alternatively funny, touching, sad, and depressing. It runs the gamut of emotions, but overall not as funny as I had expected. Still it was a good time.
I did relate to the dysfunctional family and liked some of the interactions but other interactions and scenarios were just a little too far-fetched. Overall an enjoyable, light read.
Not great, but entertaining. I enjoyed the narration from the male perspective. The flow of the story kept a good pace.
And I'm not, so I didn't. I probably should just stay away from books that portray people so much younger than I am! The characters came across as self-involved and shallow, casually adulterous, disrespectful and very poor at parenting (even though the matriarch was a renowned specialist in the parenting field). The description of the story sounded interesting, but there were no characters that I could relate to - or even LIKE!
No. A group of self-absorbed adult children who don't seem to care much for each other spending a week together "mourning" their father, under some duress from their "newly-bisexual" mother just didn't float my boat! I don't think my peers would particularly relate to the story or characters either.
The narration was fine, but not remarkable. The fact that he read it TO me made it possible for me to do something worthwhile as I "read" the book, so it wasn't a total waste of time.
I'm just glad it was on sale: I didn't waste a credit on it, and only a small amount of money!