What would I do without audio books?!!
I understand that sometimes a book needs to disturb you enough to affect you - but the pain has to be worth the gain. Although the message in the end was good, this writing was draining, and a bit like slow torture. Instead of wanting to find out what would happen next I found myself dreading the next sad/bad thing that would happen to the main character. I did see the humor at times, but the overall picture drawn was so relentlessly sad that I couldn't enjoy it when it did occur.
Before purchasing I read the reviews of others. This book sounded like it would be a journey of inspiration and self-improvement. It is not. The main character starts dumb and ends almost as dumb. I wanted to quit the book many times, but decided to stick with it believing that it had to get better. It doesn't get better. You can't fix stupid.
Narrator had a distracting quality to her voice, especially when she sang or did impressions of other characters in the book. The book overall was pretty good, although I did not enjoy it as much as other Wally lamb books I have 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.
I had to force myself to keep going with this one, and only kept with it because of the recommendations from a few friends. I'm undecided if I liked it because it felt like too much work, I wasn't excited to hear what happened next and the redeeming moment didn't come until nearly the end. I love some of Wally Lamb's other works, not so much this one.
Many people criticized the narrator, I thought she did just fine and didn't notice her as a distraction at all. The production seemed a little sketchy with background noise occasionally.
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.
This is a story that is greatly enhanced by the narration. I preferred Angle of Repose for its content, but Linda Stevens' performance makes this one almost as good a listen. The story is a bit predictable, but the character development mostly makes up for the somewhat lackluster, obvious, and overused themes and devices. I wouldn't listen to it again, but I do recommend it and I'll listen to more by the same author.
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.