I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
The Family Fang is a book I couldn't wait to listen to--and basically I really enjoyed it. It has a totally original story, and the plot progresses nicely. And the narrator was excellent.
The book revolves around a dysfunctional family, but in a funny, quirky, entertaining way. The ending, however, was very flat, and that always brings an otherwise "great" book down to "good" when it comes to my recommendations.
A good story is hard to find. This is a well written and thoroughly enjoyable story that reminded me of the writing of John Irving. There is that same originality and humanity along with the depiction of life in a way that stays with you.
This is definitely an odd little book, but completely enjoyable! Loved the Fangs in all their hilarious, complicated, messy glory. Great story, great narration. A fun departure from the usual.
The story was just strange and while it was funny at times overall I didn't get the point. This family is totally dysfunctional and the mom and dad do everything for art but their actions are unbelievable; I didn't want to listen to the second part but I figured I had already invested so much time it had to get better. I was wrong!
Disappointment. I wish I used my credit to buy something else
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.
In a class by itself, unusual story that I can actually see happening
The relationship between Annie and Buster over time
Annie, but I liked them all
Wow, that's tough. I think I would leave it as is
I liked the beginning part of the book best, kind of dragged in the middle, but ended well.
I would recommend this book because it is so off the beaten track.
Listening to each escapade the family had.
Disappointed in the ending...needed to be elaborated upon more, I believe.
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This is a story that had to grow on me. At first, I did not like it very much. I was reminded of Swamplandia by Karen Russell, in which all of the characters are eccentrics. I want a character or two to have traits and habits that are conventional. I guess about halfway through this novel, I became more interested, and that may be because a mystery surfaced. The resolution was on one hand surprising (related to Fang parents) and anticlimactic (related to children A and B).
Therese Plummer is an amazing reader. I am impressed with her range of voices, especially male voices. I will look for other books read by her.
Follows the lives to two dysfunctional siblings from a very dysfunctional family, as their lives fall apart, and then they put themselves back together. The story of the siblings is depressing (and it's hard to believe how stupid some of their actions are as their lives fall apart), and then the later section where their lives come back together seems somewhat trite and unbelievable.