Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
I purchased this book based solely on the reviews of the narrator during Audiobook week. Xe Sands had rave reviews for her work. Xe Sands did a great job with this book. I loved her voice and she didn't just read the book she acted the book. She made the book come alive. Xe read all the parts, male and female, and her strength is the voice of an elderly woman. How does she do it? Xe voice talks on the raspy undertone and higher pitch that screams elderly woman who smokes. Love it! Oh wait.. I didn't talk about the book. Opps.
The story about Lucy a broke, homeless, newly single mother of a 19 year old that is the whole reason he is a drug addict. Yes this is the classic story of "mom is the root of my problems". But that is not the interesting part of the story. As you know I am slightly obsessed with the car wreck of a show "Hoarders!" and this is so up my alley. The story is easy to get into and keeps a good pace. Marva, the world famous artist that is a dealing with a ton of issues is a really well developed character with a few great lines.
The author took these two women and put them in an overstuffed house to help each other deal with men, live, and of course their sons. Each of them have completely different views on each subject but they ended up at the same place and Jill (author) told their stories very well. The author tells their story in a very realistic way and I love the way it ends. No lose ends!
I listened to this audio book on a trip; it was a light, pleasant story. The characters were engaging for the most part, and although the motives of the hoarder are over-simplified, the theme of hoarding--things and people--is interesting. As others have noted, the narrator was distracting and annoying, although she didn't bother me enough to keep me from finishing the book. I would recommend this book if you aren't easily annoyed or distracted by narrators, and if you want something that doesn't require much thought but is somewhat entertaining.
I found the main character to be believable and sympathetic, especially as the novel brought in the secondary storyline related to her drug-addicted son. Yes, you could say it's a light and breezy tale, but it touches on deeper themes as well.
The characters need more developing.
New to Audible and audiobooks so don't have anything to compare to.
I took advantage of a sale to purchase a few books and authors previously unknown to me. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. A lighter "read" with some interesting characters and story line.
This was my first time listening to the narrator and I enjoyed her performance.
I would happily listen to this book again and feel lucky to have happened upon a great book at a great price.
What would I do without audio books?!!
This story was decent, but first the narration. I have listened to other books narrated by Xe Sands and thought they were good. But not in this case. Instead of giving life to the book her narration made me want to go to sleep. The main character and most of the other characters' voices came through with an annoying deflection at the end of most statements that made them sound either very tired or high, or as if they were so cool that they couldn't be bothered to get these last 3 words out of their mouth. One star for Sands on this effort, far from her best.
Story was pretty good, would be ideally suited to a reader who is a parent that has dealt with a difficult adolecsent or a child struggling with addiction or other serious challenges.
The best part of the book was the main characters relationship with Marva. I always enjoy books written about the majic that happens when an older and maybe wiser woman teams up with a younger woman who is trying to figure out her life. As they learn from each other and grow I find myself being inspired as well.
I'm not sure I'd recommend this book. As the mom of a drug addict, I found it difficult to listen to the lengths to which the main character went for her ungrateful, unwilling to own his behavior son. Perhaps other parents do such things, but I knew from the start that she was doing the child no favors, and it was just plain annoying that she danced to his tune and allowed that to control her life completely. I thought the artist character was far more interesting, and frankly she was the reason I finished the book.
Audio books give my eyes a break...
The relationship development between Lucy and Marva. Lucy was a simple organizer who needed a job bad. She found one with an eccentric hoarder. Lucy knew she was in over her head and if not for her once serious relationship with an ex, (A relationship which ended because of Lucy being in denial/ignorance about how to help her drug addicted son) wouldn't have been able to pull it off. I was appreciative of the fact there were very few expletives and no over the top sex scenes.
Actually I have two...When Lucy changes her mind about selling the mustang, the trigger which finally brings her to a solid conclusion about her life and relationship with her son....hilarious and moving. And the scenario surrounding getting in to see women freshly tossed....too funny!
Any scene with Marva, I though she was a refreshing character.
Finding out the cause of Marva's hoarding. Everyone has a reason for doing what they do, like hoarding... and hers was as touching as any real life hoarders.You must have great patience to deal with people in general but especially those who have problems like hoarding....Lucy's relationship to her son may have help her in this job.
I've concluded Xe Sands voice(s) sound better suited for erotica. I found her voices annoying ... she sounds as though she never has enough air to complete a sentence...as if she's in pain or on the toilet, disinterested or tired. I looked her up...her voice is quoted as being "like slow whiskey and chocolate" I listen to her different dialects, also read and listened to a few articles of her being interviewed and I think she is excellent at what she does (and I see she does read in the erotica genre which she seems to like along with first person narration)....however, I can only take her in small doses. Overall I gave this book high stars because the story was witty, funny, well written and believable.
I really enjoyed her first book, so I was expecting a little more from this one. It was a little boring....kind of slow...I think much of this can be attributed to the narrator, though.
Listen at your own risk.
I am about half way thru this book and the story is okay but the reader is awful. I don't know if I am going to be able to finish listening to the book. Before buying this audible listen to a preview.