I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
I hope this author writes another nove soon.
The overall performance of the narrator was really good too.
The story is about a family, their rise and downfall, the family members as individuals and all their airs, graces and secrets. A good read!
Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."
The story of a NE matriarch and her daughters, daughter in law and grand daughter… if ever there was a woman more spiteful and hateful and self-important, it is Alice. The author paints a totally unflattering picture of a family so dysfunctional and unappetizing, and ultimately so pointless, I kept wondering when it would get to any real plot. It never did. It is told serially by each character in a back in forth montage of perspective covering day to day to year to year family events, as seen through the women's mostly battered lenses. Like the old song, there aint no good guys, there aint no bad guys, there's just you and me and we just disagree. Not sure who is calling Alice at the end, but I have my suspicions!
How that translates into a novel, well, for me, it just didn't. It is our February book club selection, so it was homework.
Yes, a good story about the different and complex perspectives of an average american family.
Yes, good story not to complicated. Good read.
No, from the deep character development in the book you understand how they are going to move on with their lives without the house in Maine or without Alice.
I will try one more.
I love well written sagas that cross generations. The characters were interesting, the story well developed and the plot was non formulaic.
Absolutely worth the listening time.
I feel misled by all the talk of it as a "beach read." That implies a fun book, light hearted, romantic maybe intriquing. But this book was about family problems that never get fixed. And there is a huge logic problem that is never addressed. Grandma's big sacrifice to make up for past sins isn't a sacrifice for her, just for the rest of her family.
Alice needs to be set straight.
Performance was great.
I just couldn't care about any of the characters. I felt sure I could connect with somebody, being Irish, having endured 12 yrs of Catholic school/guilt and having a family summer home. I found everybody disagreeable. I bought this on the $25% off sale. I'm glad I didn't waste a credit.
I wanted to listen to the book from beginning to end in one sitting - my favorite book of all time!
I listened to the entire book in a day. The author carefully doled out just enough information in each chapter about the key character in that chapter so that I understood what was happening, but at the same time it was clear that there were secrets yet to be revealed. I could not turn off my iPod until I reached the end. The book was particularly enjoyable when all four key characters were together in Maine.
I found all four main characters well developed and interesting, albeit quirky. None was terribly likable, yet none was entirely dislikable either. I felt like I was reading about family members I have met in friends' families, but, thankfully, not about my own family members.
This is the first performance by Ann Marie Lee I have heard. I did not read any of the other reviews before I listend to the book and was surprised by the number of negative reviews. I never noticed that the narration was particularly slow. In fact I found the pace enjoyable. Some performances are read so quickly, I find myself rewinding to catch what I missed. I was also not troubled by the Boston accent. While the accent may not have been perfect, as a former New Englander, I felt quite at home. I would not hesitate to buy another book narrated by Ms. Lee.
Ms. Sullivan's first novel Commencement has been on my wishlist for some time. After reading Maine, Commencement is moving to the top of the list for my next purchase.
I won't blame the reader, I'm sure she did her best, but this book was hopeless.
I just purchased The Heart and the Fist
I would cut the whole book
There is no plot, no tension, the characters are one dimensional. I bought it principally because I love Maine, but there wasn't even any local description that I could have enjoyed. Just a boring story about a family - slightly dysfunctional but not enough to hold my interest.