I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
Thought the 'worm farming' descriptions were amazing - and such a powerful reflection of the character of Kathleen. I did enjoy this book - the irresponsible Gabe, the family dynamics, the ways people misread situations. The dollhouse.........
there is so much i could say about Maine - but you just have to listen to it! the story is spot-on! the narrator's performance is so amazing that even before i was finished listening to Maine - i looked up other books w/ her reading... it is just great!
the story follows four boston irish catholic women throughout generations and both the writing and the narration actually bring this terrific story to life...
my *only* single complaint would be - occasionally there seems to be a lot of "catherine said, then maggie said, then catherine said, then alice said, then ann marie said..." at multiple points throughout the book. i don't know if it is the writing or the narrating that makes it so noticeable??? but it *really* stood out at times for me during my listen - and that is a first for me w/ an audiobook... usually i can listen w/out really hearing all the "he said, she said" stuff... but with this book, it made an impact.
but honestly - it was a fantastic book! i have recommended it to my family and friends w/ audiobooks accounts or i have purchased it for the family members who don't have one...
if you enjoy a good family drama told from a variety of points of view over an extended period of time - then you definitely need to get this book *now*!
I got the storyline ending but it still left me gazing off and feeling like I wasn't finished!
Very good narrator though!
A delightful look at a dysfunctional Irish American family. The characters are interesting and often amusing. I did not like the abrupt ending of the book and felt it was not consistent with the flow of the book. I was disappointed, and it seemed like a weak ending to a strong story line.
I always thought my family had issues but WOW! Very good read! Ms. Lee also did a great job with the narration!
If you want to know what it's like to be woman in a middle class Irish-American Boston family, get this book. Boring, middlebrow, shallow, superstitious Catholic, tribal, sheltered, unsophisticated, huge families with pretty concerns and constant infighting.
Nothing happens in the book, the dialogue is minimal and dull, the characters concerns little more than based on envy, pathological focus on family and Irish-American tribe, and ultimately a very disappointing choice of audiobook.
I would never want to meet or befriend any of the women in this book...two mean-spirited shrews and two mealy-mouthed doormats! It was absolutely endless to listen too! I give this book two thumbs down.
I liked this story because it spoke to me as an Irish Catholic woman raised in Maine. I could pluck people out of my own life and set them down in this setting. This is an adult book and deserves a sophisticated narrator not one who sounds like she's reading to kids. I would recommend it to those who are interested in Irish-Catholic guilt and fatalism.