I thought the reader's performance just right for the tone of the book.
The best part of the book to me was how very relatable the characters were and how we came to know each of them as the book progressed.
Lucy, with her gently self-effacing humor was my favorite character. Daniel, Marva and Nikko are a close second.
A moment that particularly moved me was when Lucy realized how completely she had misunderstood Daniel's motives regarding their relationship and her son. Such a real-life moment, Lucy was in such "Mama Bear" mode that she was striking out blindly.
This is not the type of book I usually buy, but I enjoyed the writing, life lessons and performance so much!
I really enjoyed this book and it's worth a listen. It was an obvious push/pull of opposites trying to co-exist and bring one another into their world. This was humorous at times, other times very serious. It is interesting to see the complications of life and how they might affect those things we hold dear (or let go of).
If you are or have been a parent of a child in rehab, you will relate to every emotion and situation detailed by the author. I would not be surprised if she had experienced this in her life, as it was vividly accurate.
While I really enjoyed listening to this book, it did have a level of practicability. While some really loved the performance, I was not a fan. It's just a matter of taste, as it did not detract from the substance of the book like some narrators might. All in all, it's about 3.5 stars for me (and I usually reserve 4-5 stars for books I would gladly read again).
The book puts a face and a story to the problem of hoarding.
The characters were well written and a great back story to all of them.
They were all good. Listening to the narrater I could see the characters in my mind.
I must first admit, I didn't really read enough of the book description before reading/listening it. I thought it was a self-help on organizing and de-cluttering. So imagine my very PLEASANT surprise to find a charming, witty story, wrapped around a reclusive, elderly, artist with a hoarding problem. LOVED this book and as a FANTASTIC side effect, it's inspired me to clear out all my old crap too! Jill is a new author to me, but I intend to read all her other books and will be the first in line to read a sequel or anything else she publishes! Great job narrating by Xe Sands too!
Never listened to Xe Sand before, but really enjoyed the narration.
The story line was so engrossing, the characters became real, Also it made my want to clean house, I am not a hoarder but still cleaned out closet!
Make sure you listen to the sample before you buy this. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the narrator's voice made the main character, Lucy, quite unlikeable. I'm sure this narrator has some energy, but here, at least, her voice sounds tired, bored and condescending when she's in the main character's persona and most of the others as well. She does well, though, with Marva, who's an interesting character, one of whom I'd liked to read more of!
This is a book I may well pick up the print copy of and so enjoy it the way so many others (see Amazon reviews) have!
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
This was a surprising listen for me, since I usually listen to non-fiction. Audible sent one of those e-mails recommending some hidden gems, and this was one of them - so I selected it (along with a book on economics, and one on forensic anthropology). It looked like a pleasant diversion for the long drive I had during the week.
I expected a bit of chick-lit fluff, and I was surprised to find a thoughtful book with fresh dialogue. It's an unlikely premise - a hoarder and an organizer - but the relationship works, and so does the book. Listening was like listening to a good friend over coffee. Jill Smolinski's characters are real, flawed, unpredictable, graceful and inept, sometimes at the same time.
I will look for Smolinski's other books.
Xe Sands, the narrator, was sprightly at times, and despairing at others. I've listened to the Fifty Shades trilogy, and I can't help but wish Sands had narrated those as well.
No, There are too many other books available.
The interactions Marva and Lucy. The scenes with Marva, Daniel and Lucy. Brecking into the auction house.
When Lucy was trying to take her car back.
Watch as the eccentric artist battles with a determined organizer to part with treasured possesions.
this was perfect for me after living in my own home for 30 years I am now ready to let go without losing my memories. It gave me the confidence to move forward.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I think I picked this book up on sale. I had never heard of it, but the story sounded intriguing. But the narration! Either she had a terrible cold, or she can win the prize for the most nasal sounding voice on Planet Earth….and she didn't show great range. Every character, man and woman had the same voice.
But I digress….. If you are interested in hoarders but don't want to get dirty or grossed out, this might be a book to consider, if you aren't picky about narration. I did like very much the character of the older hoarding woman. She was quite interesting. And… I really wanted to see her paintings!
YAY for "Woman, Freshly Tossed". I could envision it.