This story just continues to build on itself and on the characters. In the beginning I started off not feeling sure because it was more about how the couple met and their early life but this background is vitally important to the story overall. By the end of the book I literally could not stop listening, and when it was over...I wish there was more to listen to
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I had a hard time getting to the end of this one. The entire story is told solely from the perspective of a wife & mother as she writes letters to her (ex) husband about her psychotic son. I really think the story would've benefited from some alternate perspectives or at least some other method of delivery instead of one driving monotonous voice. I found myself staying interested in the overall plot but wishing for another narrator even though I believe the narrator was quite limited by the content as it was written.
If only Shriver had read Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child and realized that any other version of this same story had to be kept to a short story (in The New Yorker?).
It might be a good movie (which is, essentially, the length of a New Yorker short story), but this was just ENDLESS. By the end, I was just disappointed Kevin didn't also kill his mom and spare us her narrative.
I would by Lionel Shriver
I wish I read it instead.
Marlo was not right for this at all, however the story is captivating and the point of view unique to the topic. There is very little dialogue which lends to the books unique structure. Told in letters, I enjoyed the story being unfolded as we went along with the protagonist on this painful journey. The author had me feeling very different about her from the beginning to the end, and it happened in a subtle way. The story is worth the read for sure!
Say something about yourself!
Yes, but not right away, it is very intense. Almost keeps you agitated.
Eva, she is extremely self centered and critical yet you begin to empathize with her. She is out of her league with her own son. Excellent writing!
Can't pick one, the whole book kept my attention.
A Troubled Child.
It was just really, truly boring.
It needed more than just a woman complaining that she's single. I get it, it sucks. Move on!
I think she did a fair job. I've heard better and worse.
I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting something more. Ah well, you win some you lose some.
I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
Lionel Shriver is able to beautifully portray the complexities of parenthood. His understanding of the psyche of the mother is astounding and compelling. I identified with the woman and found myself often thinking, "I've thought that before but could never have put it into words." This book is an interesting study and well crafted story of parenting and of marriage/family dynamics while providing an interesting perspective on the development of a "bad seed" child.
I have tried three times to listen to this book - I am about four hours in and I just cant do it. This is about the 30th book I have listened to this year and the first one I have ever not finished. I find the writing pretensions, arrogant and annoying. Maybe this is the intention, if so it is done so expertly that it has resulted in me being unable to listen to another word! I am normally a pretty generous reviewer - not a picky reader.
This is a beautifully written, haunting story, but the narrator ruins it. She does not fit the character at all. As I listened to the book, I kept having to imagine the words in someone else's voice. In the middle, I abandoned it altogether and borrowed a copy of the book from a friend to finish it on paper. A big disappointment overall.
The book was extremely engaging and well written. The format of being written as a series of letters kept the suspense going. The main character had a lot of complexity and was not always likable, but she evolved during the course of the book.