Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
I just didn't like it. My boyfriend and I read it together and we both felt a real sense of disappointment. Did we just not "get" the hype? Were we missing something? I felt disjointed most of the time like it was really two novels spliced together - one trying to work its way under the magical realism genre and the other a sort of coming of age humorous one. The result for me was muddled, and maybe I just don't like magical realism or maybe Russell was working just a little too hard at making this a quirky novel. It hit me hardest when I realized what was happening to Ava....and didn't care. Yup, I just didn't care what really happened to any of these characters and, in the end, that's not the way to endear the reader. Oh well.
This could have been fun but got bogged down in the swamp. Wish'd the gators had eaten a few of the characters it would've been shorter...
There could be no better example of how the wrong narrator can ruin a book than this. While I imagine I would have had problems with Swamplandia in any case, Ms. Sitrick reads in a flat monotone, which is hardly what the book requires. She mispronounces words, she puts emphasis on the wrong syllables, she's generally a disaster, and it's extremely difficult to listen to her. Not so her co-narrator, David Ackroyd, who unfortunately reads only a small portion of the book. This was, alas, an infuriating experience.
I would be hesitant to recommend this mostly because of the performance.
This was my first book performed by Karen Russell.
I was repeatedly off put by the reader's mispronunciation of words. This kept me from being able to fully involve myself in the story. Shouldn't someone have noticed this during production?!
I don't think so.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I found this book to be quite well-written, but the decision to use 2 narrators was a distractingly bad experience... The book is solid when Ava is narrating, but when Kiwi is narrating, it, the book sounds like it isn't even being directed by the same person. If they just would have stuck with Arielle Sitrick, it would have been a MUCH better listen.
If you want diverse, quirky characters and want exquisite descriptions of the Florida wetlands... this could be your book!
No, I thought the female reader was awful. Every few minutes, I would have to ask, "what did she just say?" Her pronunciation and enunciation were very poor. Not what you look for in an audible book.
This story was entirely unique. I can't say I've ever read anything quite like it.
The female narrator was OK, perhaps a little lacking in emotion but she portrayed the character well. The male narrator, while clearly a good reader, just did not sound like a 17 year old boy. I would gladly listen to another book by that reader, but I don't think he was the right choice for this role.
Tried, but could not get into this bizarre and eventually too disturbing story. I did finish it with gritted teeth, to see how it ended, but the ending was nothing great either. This book was not for me and I usually like stories about quirky characters, strange settings, and even "disturbing" or mature topics. Not recommended.
The prose was crisp, the characters believable. I enjoyed the exotic location in the Florida swamps and the unique perspective offered by the characters with little exposure to the modern/outside world.
The perspectives of the teenage boy and how he adapted to the difficult situation.
This book was on a lot of "Best Books Of the Year" lists, so I thought I would give it a try and I was not disappointed. The first time I tried to listen I cut it off after a half hour, but stick with it!!! It is a quirky, character driven, wonderful book and you will love the narrator. Best Buy!