It was hard to connect with the mother in this story.
There are lots of Kevin's in our society and all of them have mothers. It's a dark, at times too dark for me, story.
I've never felt compelled to write a review before this book. This book lead me to grapple with a lot of difficult questions because of its thought provoking nature. The story deals with the complexity of family relationships and the ways in which one individual's behavior can impact so many lives. I found the book extremely interesting, never dull, and very intense. The author develops the characters well considering that the entire story is told from one person (the narrator's) perspective. The subject matter is timely and pertinent. I felt this was an excellent book for a book club reading because of the many difficult questions it leaves the reader with. Although the story is painful and tragic, you may also consider it redemptive, depending on your perspective. I highly recommend this book.
what an interesting perspective this story is written from - so different than the other books I've read lately. Great character development and you really have feelings towards the characters..good and bad.
definite must read. I cant wait to get in my car each day to hear a little more!
Great book if you like to work (I am a bookkeeper) at your desk on monotonous tasks while listening to an audiobook. It's not the type of story that will make you forget you are working. It is an easy listen and a very interesting story. It's like listening to someone spill their guts about every detail of their life for hours while you just work away. But I promise you won't be bored!!! The narrator was perfect (for this particular type of book). Personally, I am glad I took a chance on it.
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
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.
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.
I didn't understand all the rave reviews as I listened in the beginning as Eva described interactions with neighbors and her husband, Franklin. It all becomes more clear and hooks you as time goes on, so stay with it. The writing was terrific - very smart with careful and exact phrasing that was just so good to listen to. I would relisten sometimes so I could hear certain paragraphs again. Usually, I listen in the car during my long commute, but I began to listen at work when I could and actually sat in the car with 15 minutes left so I could hear the end after a 1.5 hour drive. I guess I'll watch the movie again to see how much different it is.
I had to look it up to figure out that this book was fiction. It's not only written very well but the narrator is amazing! At some points it's hard to listen to due to the depressing drama but all in all a very good book that makes one think twice about the mother's of children who do terrible things. Gonna go watch the movie next.
I felt like I was losing my mind along with Eva. This was a good story with compelling characters.