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I love this book!
I have not read a book quite like this - until now. This is a different kind of character driven story. The damaged and not so damaged main characters are captivating. Arthur could be real, we have all heard about the person who a crane and demolition crew was needed to get them out of the house (Arthur was not there yet). How does that happen? He is in need of being needed and wanted; to care for someone and to be cared for. The narrator for Arthur provided a distinguished and compassionate voice that helps you want to know him. (There are two narrators and I’m not certain who is who.) His life is revealed little by little - painful - and not so painful – making him the recluse he becomes.
Kel is a nearly grown boy/man who has much too much responsibility foist upon him. He makes decisions and has reactions that are surprising and not so surprising. His journey to fit in (poor kid in a wealthy neighborhood’s high school) was admirable, strong, and filled with insecurity and want. He is a stand out athlete which helped a lot, but the underlying insecurities can be identified by most of us (most of us were not ‘it’ people in high school).
Mostly this is a story about how people find and make family. For Arthur it was usually people who wandered into his life by accident, for Kel it was from people he knew in his past, present, and hopefully future who know him, want to know him, and know how to help and can see a future for him.
It is about the need to be a loved son, the need to be needed, the burden of being needed too much, and the need to care and be cared for.
I highly recommend this book – it is worth a credit and I will listen again. I wanted at least one more chapter.
Yes, I would listen again. I loved the characters. The development of each was excellent.
Arthur was my favorite. So kind, so smart, so wise. He had so much to share, and no one to share it with. He was a lovely and lonely man, and I was drawn to him.
I have not.
Arthur. I think he would be a great friend - loyal, generous and knowledgeable.
Yes because you find yourself doing a "what if" senario in your head.
Five People You Meet In Heaven since it to demonstrates how the simplest things you do can profoundly influence others.
They were believeable and draw the reader into the story.
Often made me sad that otherwise productive, colorful characters can go so far astray.
I have enjoyed my Audible membership tremendously.
I enjoyed this story until the end and I will get to that later. For the most part, I found the characters and their surroundings believable as well as the strife individuals will put themselves through due to their inability or lack of willingness to take action for themselves. There were some uplifting moments but overall I felt sad for most of the characters.Overall, I was disappointed with the ending. I felt the author left us hanging without a resolution - good or bad. Then again, maybe that is what she wanted to portray. In either case, I felt empty and left hanging with the question of 'So what's next'?
Thorny issues faced in daily life by characters not often given a voice. Sadness and loneliness, love and family all play roles. A book that will definitely get a second listen. Narrators are superb.
This book was so much better than I expected. The narrator was perfect. He made the characters come to life for me & made me care what happened to each one.
Exceptionally well read by both readers. I loved all the characters. Difficult, weighty subjects gracefully, tenderly addressed.
The two perspectives and the way they interact.
When a shut-in allows another person in his house for the first time in years.
Kell's girlfriend gets angry at him, for a reason that makes sense to her and which is barely on his radar.
I would take the whole damn cast, even Trevor, because I feel connected to them. I know their flaws and I like them anyway.
This is easily the best book I've "read" in 5 years. I felt a deep connection to all of the characters right away. I cannot say enough good things about this book, it is truly wonderful.
My favorite Character was Aurthur, he was charming and endearing.
Both performances were really wonderful, each reader brought a distinct voice to their character.
I wouldn't rename it.
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
This is the story of a recluse who opens his door and finds relationships he never thought possible for him. The author succeeded in creating unique and interesting characters and the narrator did a good job of portraying them. The story was enough to keep me listening and I didn't find myself wishing for it to end sooner than it did like I have with other selections in the past. Overall I would say it was solidly OK.