With consistently good reviews, not just on Audible but other sites as well, I thought this was going to be a good story. The narration on this is good and I was very hopeful. In the end, this book just was not for me. I found it incredibly hard to empathize with the main character - she was incredibly mean-spirited and by the end of the first couple of chapters, I found her to be rather insufferable. I found the author's attempt at deep and meaningful epiphanies to be patronizing at best. Really? Fat girl identifies with whale? This was less of a cohesive and believable story than it was just an overly - and, at times, unnecessarily graphic - rambling of a host of bad events piling on to a single character.
Hardly. That's like saying one spot on an apple has turned me off the fruit as a whole.
The narration was perfectly paced and emotive. Too bad she didn't have a more compelling story to read.
The main character, Delores.
Wally Lamb writes in first person while making the reader/listener seem like a fly on the wall. That is a rare talent indeed. We see the world according to Dolores Price in fine and earthy detail. Dolores is forced to go live with her prudish grandmother Thelma in "the house of repression," on Pierce Street, Easterly, RI when her mother Beatrice has to be hospitalized from a nervous breakdown after a divorce. Thelma loves both her daughter and granddaughter but feels it her christian duty to reprimand any unlady like behavior or talk. "Marilynn Monroe didn't have the decency to put on a bathrobe before killing herself!" Heart breaking story about PTSD from a rape on a 13-year old girl...Dolores. Beatrice wants her daughter spared the shame of taking the stand against her rapist and to keep her own secret that she had been having an affair with him. Beatrice showers gifts of food, paperback books, color tv and written excuses for Dolores to miss school. This cycle of depression, anger and stuffing emotions down with food makes Dolores balloon up to 250 plus pounds. Beatrice is killed while working at a highway toll booth and puts Dolores on a path of horror, lies and healing. Every character is flawed but as precious as a Faberge’ egg.
It is a very well written book. The story itself is so unique and the struggles of Delores' life are so well documented. However, I could not stand Linda's narrating. I HATED her child voice for Delores and I cringed every time she sang a song. Her voice in general was far too old for Delores. I actually hated everything about the narration.
I kept waiting for something to good to happen to the main character.
There was never a climax to the story.
I didn't want to hear the explicit way that the protagonist explores her sexuality and then becomes angry and hurts animals afterwards. It is twisted and I did not finish read/listening to it because it was nauseating.
Lose the gross sexual as well as animal harming aspect of the protagonist.
Of what I heard, she performed well.
I wish your books were rated so that I would not be STUCK yes STUCK with this book. YOU will not allow me to return it.
The reader thinks commas are periods. The narrative is a series of depressing, predictable events. I finished listening out of stubbornness and having wasted my money on the recording.
I really enjoyed the story. It was dark at times but also had some humor. It kept me hooked, wanting to know what happens to Delores. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job.
As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.
I don't know who ever said this book was funny. It is FAR from funny. But it's oh so good! It shows how one can go from broken and weak and fearful to indomitable. The unlikely friendships, the roller coaster ride of a life, the uncertainty and foolishness and eventual embrace of agency-- that made it worth the read.
This book takes Dolores from being too young to being too old, on a dreary path of every woman's worst nightmares: rape, abandonment, years of mental institutions, poverty, fear, insecurity ... The author must hate women and stay awake at night dreaming of the worst for them. I will never purchase anything by this author again. The only reason I pressed on was because I bought the book. The narrator did a superb job, however.
One of the very best books I've ever read! Actually listened to not read. The narrator really grew on me. By the end of the book I felt like she was an old friend.