It was a story about people I not only couldn't care about, but actively disliked and wanted nothing to do with.
All of them.
This book was not for me. I did not like the narrator's voice. I did not find the plot compelling and I did not find anything redeeming in the characters.
I found the narration very monotone, dry and boring. The storyline and the ending were just too unrealistic to interest me. I basically feel like I slogged through to the end. I kept thinking something interesting might happen and since I purchased the book and didn't want to feel like I had wasted my money by not finishing it.
The story line was not remotely plausible, in my opinion. People who are this ill usually don't manage to roam free without someone locking them up. The Fang children were boring characters, and the events in their lives had nothing to do with the main story. Why, for instance, did Buster get hit with a potato gun? What did that have to do with anything?
What genre would that even be?
Boring. Annie was annoying and boring, Buster was pathetic and very sad sounding.
Annie's affairs and movie star life--not credible
The whole thing about Camille's dark and graphic paintings.
Can't understand how this book was so highly rated. It was basically extremely depressing, not funny, and slightly sick. I couldnt wait for it to be finished.
The most entertaining thing about this book is at the heart of its main characters dysfunction. It is the antics and sheer eccentricity of the parents that turn the pages. The subsequent ruination it has caused their children makes for a bleak portrait of a family that is completely atypical, but one I think we can all probably identify with in our own way. The parents are almost sociopathic in their extremes, but are just more over the top and weird about what parents everywhere indadvertently do to their children over a lifetime.
Okay, so not really. The characters are completely whacked out. It is, however, a quick read and pretty engrossing story, albeit somewhat thin on plot. The production is great and the narrator easy to follow. I enjoyed this book.
Very original, bizarre and disturbing. The humour, often black and very quirky, offered some reprieve from an otherwise depressing story. Two egocentric parents who I ended up disliking intensely and 2 children who were used and abused by their manipulative parents does not make for entertainment. The only endearing part of the whole story was the bond between the broken and damaged siblings as they struggled to overcome their past. Maybe the screenplay will be a better version, but I found it a hard read and asked myself a couple times why I was reading a story about such a f*&cked up family!
I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I'm still thinking about it. I didn't want to write a review right away because I felt I was not able to do this book justice until I thought about it for a while.
At first, I didn't think I liked this book at all because, to be honest, the characters are not easy to initially relate to. Buster and Annie are the adult children of performance artists. Over the years, they have had to partake in many performances (many against their will). They have tried to distance themselves from their parents and make their own way (Annie as an actress and Buster as a writer), but recent troubles have found them living back at home again. Something mysterious and strange occurs that brings Annie and Buster together, causing them to relive many of their childhood memories.
All I can say is that by the end of the book, I felt like I knew Annie and Buster. I think that is the beauty of Kevin Wilson's story is that I can't pinpoint when I fell in love with these characters, but it happened.
I would re-listen to this book gladly. I hope Kevin Wilson writes another book soon that is equally as endearing as the The Family Fang. This was easily one of my best Audible purchases.
Fresh, out-of-the-box, unique.
I was intrigued and also twisted inside as the parents would use their children in various ways to create performance art.
This book was a fun find for me. It was different and unusual and really made me think all while be very enjoyable. Loved it!
Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.
These are not likable people, however, the book is very well written and very well narrated. You find yourself cheering for the children of this odd couple to succeed in life in spite of their parents.
This was one of those can't-stop-listening stories that made me carry my iPhone around the house to keep listening. Gives new meaning to the phrase "dysfunctional family" but in an utterly original way.
There are a lot of twists and turns. The character development is very good. The take-away points about art, family, and individuality are quite deep without being preachy.