Yes. I think the narrator added a lot of emotion to the story.
The complexity of the relationships. The story was complicated and perverse while remaining very real and compassionate.
Eva. She is the only character that we really get to understand and whose mind we get to delve into.
I felt very emotionally drained at the end. Not only does the conclusion surprise, it also adds a level or realness and sorrow that I found extremely moving.
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks, not only because of the story but also because of the performance. Overall I think the novel is well worth a read.
Wasn't really sure what to expect but I was blown away. Complex, deep characters, great story. It was a surprisingly easy listen despite the grave subject matter. I didn't want it to end!
I listen to audio books every day. I am hooked!
Yes. But not the book version. It is too wordy, w/ no inflections of emotion.
Even-toned, but w/ great voice inflection.
I just listened to a different book on CD and the narrator blasted half the time and spoke in a whimper the rest of it.
This is an easy listen.
The part that affected me was one line,
Have not seen the movie.
I re-listened to this about two months ago, having listened to it about 5 years ago.
You will not forget this one.
It gives me chills.
Only snakes give me chills.
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.