A very interesting way to tell a story, and the narrator does a fantastic job. This is a very disturbing tale about a family gone terribly wrong. All told from the mother's perspective in the form of letters to the father, it gets more and more addictive the further it gets along. Part cautionary tale and part mystery, the story of Kevin is heartbreaking and chilling. I couldn't get my mind off this book days after I finished listening! I watched the movie a couple of days after and I believe they did a very good job at telling the story; like another reviewer, I would recommend reading/listening first and then watching the film.
Never forget this.
The mother - because of how she tried to handle things and how she adapted and never stopped trying.
The Mother was most memorable. because of how she tried to handle things and how she adapted and never stopped trying.
All i have to say is - i will NEVER forget this book. I have recomended to many people.
I loved this book, if one can say loved about a story told strictly from the viewpoint of a tragic yet sometimes unsympathetic character such as Eva, the mother of Kevin. I wish I had listened to the book prior to seeing the movie; the twists of plot would have been that much more unexpected. However, I was thrilled to learn there was a book behind the movie that so disturbed me that I could not put it out of my mind; it continued to roil and simmer alternatively. I highly recommend the audiobook; the narration was excellent. After you have digested this multidimensional work, definitely rent the movie and enjoy the tour-de-force that is Tilda Swinton as Eva. I look forward to exploring additional works by Lionel Shriver, a most perceptive and courageous writer to have undertaken a story such as this.
I really liked this book... much better than the movie. The movie could not convey the more subtle happenings and twists of relationship that were skillfully conveyed in the book. The subtleties were what made this book more interesting than a run-of-the-mill bad seed book/movie.
I just did not believe this story. I realize the concept of a school shooting and the motives behind such deplorable behavior are suppose to be unfathomable, but I just could not get behind it. I listened to the whole nearly 16 hours and found the story interesting and horrific, but somewhat shock for shock value. I do not want to give away too much less I spoil the obvious ending for other. I was clearly listening to a story that was suppose to be about real issues, and real people (many actual events are quoted amongst the occurrences in this book in order to verify it as factual) but from the beginning I was more than aware that I was reading fiction designed to ignite a gut reaction from me.
I would recommend this to my Jodi Piccoult reading friends. It is about that level of emotional fiction. (I love her, no judgement).
I hated all the characters in this book, but it was designed to invoke such vial disdain. I especially hated the father for his dismissive behavior and his mother for her reckless optimisms and futile retrospect.
I hear it is a movie. I guess I would see it if I need a good cry.
The basic premise of this book is interesting and well explored but the way the author chose to write the story is very constricting. First 2/3 are plodding with a few surprises thrown in and the last third of the book is riveting payoff.
I feel that this would have made for a better short story (using the chosen literary device) rather than a novel. My kingdom for a good editor!
I loved the way the author could get inside the character's head. It was fascinating.
Kevin was bewildering. Imagining a child acting the way he did was puzzling, however the author knit Kevin together in such detail that I thought about him for days, even weeks afterward.
The calm, steady voice of a woman who is trying to tell herself that everything is fine and it's all going to be ok, while refusing to believe what she knows to be true.
The book was darker than I expected, but the writing was incredible. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
I listened to this book a few months ago. It stuck with me like no other book has in years. This is the story of a family; beginning with a loving couple, ending with a nightmare. This book is not about school shootings, it's not that simple. What it does ask us to think about is the reason for and existence of evil in the mind and withered heart of a child gone wrong. Can a child just be born different, and bad to the soul? Or can a mother be so resentful of giving up her independence and harbor so much animosity towards her child that it breaks him?
I also watched this movie just this week. While very different from the book, it is also very good. I would recommend reading this book, then watching the movie a few days/ weeks later.
I felt like the movie helped me to make peace with the book. I highly recommend this to anyone who interested in edgy, real life books that make you think, and feel grateful for what you have.
While this is all very depressing, I can't find anything wrong with the book to give it less than the full score it deserves. Though, I admit it left me so sad and even anxious for a long time. The style of the writing is incredibly effective. The mother writes her story in letters to her husband. It's hard to put down. Very enthralling audiobook. It also adds an element of suspicion about whether the mother is telling the truth or her idea of truth.
It does resolve in the end leaving you without doubt as to the sanity of mother and child.
The story and the manner in which it is told is incredible.
The scenes between Kevin and the dad make me wince.
The correct pronunciation of the foreign words.
Are you sure you want to be a mom?
I will never forget this book. Ever. I had no idea what I was getting into other than a story of a mother struggling to come to grips with her son becoming a murderer, but I was horrified, enthralled, totally sucked in even though it was psychologically painful and surprising and long. I struggled to turn it on after a difficult day, because it took something from me each time, but I could never stay away for long. I don't think this is the story of every high school shooter, but I do think it's a compelling story of one fictional boy who is disturbed beyond belief, with an exceptional writer to tell it thoroughly, engagingly. Plus, the reader was totally in character and pitch-perfect from start to finish. Toward the end, I was obsessed with finishing it—listened voraciously—like I would gulp down shots trying to finish the bottle regardless of the consequences, the hangover after. I feel the hangover of finishing this. And it was worth it.