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was very disappointed with this book. the brief bio looked good..but i found it really dragged. "the condition" so to speak; didn't really develop until the later part of section 2 -- and was pretty much insignificant. This book lost my attention on many occasions and really required effort to keep listening. I found most of the characters drab and the plot yawned along at a snails pace.
I, too, chose this selection based on readers' reviews; I was very disappointed. I couldn't have cared less about these characters and found them completely two-dimensional. Any growth they experienced seemed arbitrary and contrived and I couldn't find any sympathy for any of their "conditions". The language was flat and uninteresting, and I'd be hard- pressed to chose another offering by this author.
An ok story - quite contrived. The description leads you to think it is about a medical condition suffered by one of the female characters, which is actually only one segment of the story. Ends up each character suffers from some sort of "condition" whether it be medical, pyschological or societal. While listening, I just kept thinking how contrived it felt; forced. Listen to Haigh's Mrs. Kimble instead.
The only thing that could have made this book any better would have been A PLOT! Imagine that. The book it titled The Condition, but the there is maybe 15 minutes spent on the girl who actually has the Condition. The rest is depressing background information on all of the characters.
I kept waiting for the point of the story to come out. I finally just tossed it. What a waste!
No. I only listened for two hours before giving up.
No problem with the narration.
No. Characters are one-dimensional, and hard to believe in a story that cried out for depth.
So much dysfunction, but each in the family with their own perspective.
Enjoyed Gwen coming into her own and finding love.
Yes. The story is unpredictable, full of twists and turns you never expect. The story is a totally realistic account of the characters' lives.
I like how it is not a story told by a narrator only or one specific person but you get each character's perception of his and the other's lives.
Passion and clarity on each character. I would have got confused when there was so much switching between characters.
Scott. He seems to be underestimated throughout the book and is living in a way that everyone expects of him.. with a mediocre life and as an underachiever. He is the character that reflects the most on his life, realizes more profoundly how he has affected his future and that the other characters are not to blame for his failures. He is the one that tries the hardest to be more and he gives up more to be better and help his family. He tries the hardest to be the most emotionally stable.
I can't wait to listen to it again :)
Though the overall story of this book is interesting, it moves at such a slow pace that it gets frustrating. This is due to the use of backstory. Sometimes, this background has a point and is connected to the story, but often I was thinking why, let's please get on with it. From my perspective, the "condition" of the character Gwen was just a piece of the plot line, no more or less significant than the personality traits of the other family members. I am glad that the author did tie up the story lines which gives the reader closure. The narrator was good but I did often wonder whether I would have read the characters quite as "hard" as she did.