I had read this book years ago and remember loving it, so when the abridged version was on sale, I purchased it in order to refresh my memory of the story, but not have to commit to re-reading the notoriously verbose Mr. Lamb.
The story was great- I am always amazed by the depth and truthfulness in Wally Lamb's male characters. I obviously would have probably been more engaged had they chosen to flush out certain parts (impossible when you go abridged), but overall, enjoyable and informative.
The narration was SIMPLY. HORRIBLE. First of all, this must have been taped eons ago b/c it had the clarity of a 1930s newsreel being projected through a 1980s answering machine. To make matters worse, Mr. Howard's voices were simply distracting. Often, despite the fact the story takes place in Rhode Island, he sounded like an Italian uncle from North Jersey, but then appeared to tire of the affectation, and returned to his normal (non-irritating) speaking voice mid-sentence. Also, the schizophrenic brother's voice was almost identical to Buffalo Bill's famous, "I'd $%^# me" line in Silence of the Lambs, which had the unfortunate affect of dehumanizing the character (which is likely contrary to Mr. Lamb's intention).
I'd go ahead and read this book, in its entirety, over the abridge audiobook.
This is the first book I listened to by him. He is a good story teller. I will listen to another one of his books. Enjoyed it!
I love anything by Wally Lamb, so I was excited to give this a listen. Interesting story, but could tell a lot was missing, due to this being the abridged version. Also, the voice recording threw me off a bit. I could occasionally hear people talking in the background of the narrator, which made me think I was hearing voices ;)
People contemplating suicide or severely depressed and really need the push to push you over there
If it's anything like this book no no I would not but it is completely different and less depressing I probably will
Just an average performance
Most People died
My friend recommended to me she was totally wrong I told her she's totally wrong and I kinda resent her now for making me read this book
Rat Liz <8,,)~
Half asleep from insomnia, I decided to add one of my favorite book to my collection. I didn't realize until afterward that this was an abridged version. This book is really at it's best when you can enjoy this book in its full +1000 page glory.
No. I don't listen to books more than once.
I have no idea.
Engaging, orotuned and husky
Schizophrenia: A Twin's Lifelong Struggle
I definitely didn't hate this book but can't decide whether to recommend it or not.
This is a wonderful story and an easy listen. I enjoy how the story moves from the boys' childhood experiences to present circumstances and the connections between the past and present reveal themselves as the story unfolds.
My sister raved about this book. Having a mentally ill family member, I thought I'd be able to relate to it. It was a good book. But it wasn't great. She's Come Undone is 100x better (Which I've only read, not listened to).
I am disappointed in this book, mostly because I heard how “great” it was. I read, She’s Come Undone – another book by this author – and heard that this book was better. Well, I didn’t think so. I did not particularly like the narrator, which made it more difficult for me to appreciate the story. Maybe if I read this book instead I may have liked it more….with that said, the audio was abridged, so, maybe I missed something? Either way, I would classify this book as overrated and would not recommend it to anyone.
This book was great. My first experience with Wally Lamb's writing, but not the last.