Ever since Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, there has been an onslaught of novels in which there is not a single likeable character, or even one with whom the reader can sympathize. I always finish books, even poorly written ones, but I can't bear to listen to Seating Arrangements any longer. There are just better things to do in life than to listen to a thread of a story about a bunch of shallow, narcissistic people. The writing is OK, perhaps carried by the good reading performance, but the plot is minimal and the characters boring and self-centered. Even an interesting villain would make this a better work.
No, because other writers do it better.
His voice is strong, deep and convincing -- the only thing about this book I liked.
There isn't enough here to cut, but perhaps the dirty old man sex scenes or the pathetic daughter craving love in any form scenes. It's just so depressing and tawdry.
I am sorry I bought this. The advertising reviews were grossly misleading.
Seating Arrangements was a really good book about family dynamics and relationships. I'm sure most people could relate to at least some of the characters. It helps to remind us that constantly striving for more is not the route to happiness.
Witty and insightful satire, characters I enjoyed following, wonderful writing. The narration fit the book well. Overall, a delightful, entertaining book!
No, it's too slow and tedious
Nobody goes anywhere or develops and learns anything
Yes but his characters were not particularly interesting
I won't read one of hers again
Very disappointed. Why choose a man to read this story? Why choose a man with no emotion to read this story? Never got "into" the characters -- didn't really care what happened to them.
This was the most boring, slow moving book I have purchased. I have two hours left and honestly don't feel like I can get through it. The characters are unlikable-I could care less what happens to any of them.
Purchase if you need something to put you to sleep. If you are looking for a book with a good story line and great characters-pass it by.
I chose this book for a road trip with my wife based primarily on a positive review from Richard Russo. I was hoping for something Russo-like but this didn't come close. The main characters are really unlikeable and the story moves slowly. The narrator does a fair job given the source material. Making it to the end of this book was a chore.