I liked this book a lot! But the parents, as parents, were very unsettling. Even though I really liked this book, I am still undecided if it would not have been a stronger and better ending to NOT have included the final chapter. Before the final chapter, the story built up to such a poignant and emotionally powerful place. The resolution of A & B???s lives in the last chapter, although forward looking and hopeful, at least for me, dulled the emotional ???edge??? created in the climactic scene.
I'm going to put The Family Fang in the top 1/3 of my huge number of audiobooks listening.
I'd say Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - family dynamics portrayed with empathy, imagination, and magical realism.
I have not listened to Therese Plummer before - and she is just wonderful. Possibly the best narrator I've heard so far. VERY impressed.
Yes - but I listen to my audiobooks in the car and while at the gym. Almost never in one sitting - unless I have a long road trip.
I really appreciated the originality of this book - and the first rate narration.
Wilson's is a really original approach to the family dysfunction novel, through the metaphor of performance art. A refreshingly creative achievement. The narrator is exceptionally good.
Unusual, twisted, fascinating
Geek Love - also deals with a very unusual family in which the parents' motives are questionable.
Great voices for the characters - they really came to life.
Buster - he's an odd, lovable character.
No. I can't think of a friend who I believe would enjoy it.
It is probably perfect for someone who wants to read about intentional dysfunction, chaos without payoff, and a random acts of unkindness. Randomness can be charming, but in this case I found it unembracable.
The whacked out psycho mom. Her pathetic character is so well defined.
I'd pass. Life is too short for so-so books.
This is one of the most creative stories I have read in a long time. So often, creativity in novels takes the form of novel literary devices and little else. Here, it is the story itself that is so unusual and so truly "new" feeling. The narrator is also excellent and well-suited to the author's writing style.
Yes, I think I would, and that's saying a lot because I almost never listen to or read books a second time.
It's actually quite unique. On the one hand it is obviously absurd, but it never leaves the realm of the just-barely-possible. You are constantly thinking - yes, there ARE people like this, and they MIGHT do things like this. It's not like someone waking up as a cockroach...And, despite their overall weirdness, you grow to like and care about each of the characters.
What I actually liked best was that there were several instances where I thought I had reached the end of the book - only to discover that it was another plot turn and the story continued to yet another fabulous entertaining chapter.
I almost didn't buy this book because it sounded too weird. What a mistake that would have been. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read, EVER. You can read it on many levels, think about it - or not - be surprised and entertained and moved. Trust me. Get this one.
Quite an innovative story. I was left wanting more at the end. The ultimate tale of parents' that loved making art more than they loved their offspring. An odd form of art also!
Not many like these
Made me think.
I tried my best to enter the world of the Fangs but could only find foolishness in their communications and actions. Meaningless ramblings of just another dysfunctional family.
I could find no pathos, no humor, no message and therefor no reason to finish this book. Save your investment of time and credit, this book deserves neither.
I was sucked in to this story. It's emotionally very complex...so the resolution was altogether too easy. I ended it feeling disappointed. Ultimately, this story was too shallow for its own depth. I like to listen to audiobooks a couple of times. I won't be listening to this one twice...but I didn't make that decision until the very end.