Loved the book and the narration was VERY GOOD! Any woman that has raised children will relate to Mary Beth. The second half of the book is pretty sad, but it makes you appreciate your kids for all of their faults as well as their perfections!
Excellent plot and character development.
Because I knew something was going to happen (but had no idea what it would be), I hung on every word from the start. This book reminded me that nothing/no one lasts forever. The descriptions of loss and emptiness were authentic and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.
I loved this book though I found myself crying a lot while listening to it. I thought the narrator did an excellent job too.
The author created wonderful imagery with her words. The story is very sad but powerful. The narration was a perfect match for the story and the characters.
If you love sentences that slay you, this is one for you. Unbelievable insights on friendship, family, marriage, guilt and rage.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I'm fairly sure that Anna Quindlen is the only author that could have done justice to the topics of family, tragedy, grief, suffering, and life found in Every Last One. I won't elaborate on the plot because it's best to not know too much about this book, as almost every other reviewer has mentioned. I can say that when daughter Ruby explains chaos theory to her mother Mary Beth, how the beating of a butterfly’s wings in Mexico could raise a breeze in their own back yard, Mary Beth's reply, “That’s kind of terrifying" is entirely appropriate. Quindlen explains how the smallest of events can have the biggest, most life-altering consequences, and she does it perfectly.
This book was an interesting look at an American family, but it was also very depressing. The main characters were unhappy people, but they carried on in spite of their unhappiness. Strong in spite of chilling circumstances, they set a pretty good example of surviving tragedy. It was too depressing for me.
This book begins one way & ends another...and it will draw you in & captivate you almost as no other. It's amazingly easy to listen to; the words flow so well & Ms. Davis' smooth voice is the perfect choice to narrate this incredible story.
This is a story of an ordinary upper-middle class family who daily conversations and trivia are described in detail by an obsessive mother. Even when a horrible tragedy strikes the family near the middle of the book I still felt like a distant on-looker. It was difficult to relate to any of the characters.
This was an excellent telling of a miserably painful story. After listening to this book I had to listen to Janet Evanovich's Sizzling 16 to lift my mood. This may not sound like a good reveiw but I will probably listen to Every Last one again, it was so well written as is the Anna Qindlen style. 5 Stars!!