Plain spoken poetry
It has a way of gripping you once you give yourself over to its rhythm
This novel grabs you from the first surprising sentence to the last. The first half of the novel, in which the main character deals with his recollection of how his parents became bank robbers and how that affected his life, is both touching and suspenseful. Del, the main character, just wants to be the geek he is--chess club and raising bees!--but his parents' reckless decisions get in the way. The second half is less compelling, but still well done, as Del tries to adjust to his life as a lonely semi-adult on his own in Canada, surrounded by ambiguous characters.
The narration by Holter Graham is wonderful. He perfectly captures the longing and innocence of Del, as well as his sincerity and sense of character.
This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. I had read Richard Ford's Independence Day and liked this one much better.
The way he made the characters sound - his "voices" for the Berner and Dell, as well as any of the women were halting and stilted and annoying. He also said Front Royal instead of Fort Royal at least three times. Row ryhmes with OW not Oh!
It you can take the time for this VERY meditative narrative, it finally pays off.
Dell isn't as interesting an observer as Frank Bascombe and it's best to ignore the logic of a 66 year old man recalling so vividly his 15-year-old self. A very good reader but someone should have caught the idea that 'row' meaning argument is not pronounced (twice) like what one does in a boat...and Ipana (the toothpaste) is NOT pronounced e-pahna. Picky picky
This story meanders like a wonderful trail in the forest. You meander through the life of this boy and are engaged with where his life is leading. Naration was good and I enjoyed listening.
I will listen to this book again. One of those books you listen to now and then a year later listen again and find layers of the story you missed the first time.
I should have paid attention to the one reviewer who said this book moved slowly. The story was OK at best but how long it took to tell it was painful. Tons of detail, little story-line.
I am a cheerful person. I am plagued by nightmares, so I don't want to read books about scary and violent plots. I like wholesome books.
It could have been. Listening to the main character consider his parents strengths and flaws after they robbed a bank and then consider himself in light of his genetic and environmental influences. Very honest and intriguing. The incest with his sister on the night his parents were arrested was made to seem normal. He never thought about it again. Sorry, this should not be trivialized. I speak from experience.
NO! the incest ruined it for me
The reader did an excellent job.
Never listen to it again.
very little of taking the Lords name in vain, thank heaven.
Pretty gloomy all the way through..good detail just hard to believe that if you have that much depression in your life you would still be optimistic.
Perhaps, I grabbed this one from a recommendation from NPR book club suggestions and while it is not generally within my listening scope that I choose was a fast listen.
I thought the narrator did a good job separating characters, but lacked emotion at time when portraying some of them
Think about the notion of guiding your own path.
Not my kind of book but it was not bad.
Yes, the narrator did an exceptional job of invoking both the hesitation and uncertainty of a sheltered and inexperienced adolescent whose life is thrown in to turmoil...twice. Yet, he's a deep thinker, pensive, and observant. I loved this character.
Dell's inner thoughts and how he tries to make sense of experiences well beyond his years and outside a "normal" life.
Again - this is not a good read for for those who need a stimulating story - or who are in a fast-paced mood. This is a story for a mood of thinking, pondering, and allowing yourself to fall into the pace of a young boy's emerging self.
Read this book to comprehend more about the meaning of the words: emotional punch.
Well written story about a desperate family.
The story is sad and the characters pitiable, still it has a shallow feel to it. It is as if the author is telling the tale as a distant observer.
Themes of disillusionment, fragile relationships, and the slippery slope of mental health make up the meat of this book and offer the reader plenty to chew.