Quirky characters (at least how the story started off). Then it got somewhat boring when it moved the focal from the parents to the kids, which (to me) seems somewhat disconnected to the overall story. To me, the dynamics (or relationship, perhaps even the lack of) of the parents and the kids are the stories to be told here. The plot got a bit more interesting (somewhat intriguing) towards the end, however the final "reveal" was somewhat lackluster and disappointing. It has a bit of depressing element to the whole story, growing up in a somewhat dysfunctional family. Then at the end, finally both the kids get the one single thing that keep them so estrange from their parents all these while, which is somewhat a nice ending to the story.
And that's a big deal for me. I usually can get into any story. I think that the difficulty that I had with this book was that the characters were all so completely unbelievable. They could only be made up people to me. Not to mention the story itself was so sad that I found myself getting depressed. It just was not the book for me.
The overall story was so vulgar. I could not treat any character with sympathy or relate to them at all.
Her reading of it was fine.
All of them.
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
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.
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.