I have wanted to read this story for quite awhile. I really struggled to finish it. I'm not sure which was stranger, the story or the way out was written...largely in e-mail format. Sad to say, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
This quirky family story is told through letters, emails, and other documents. The characters are both eccentric and relateable and somehow I finished this book dreaming of traveling to Antarctica!
I definitely recommend this book! I wasn't sure going in but I am happy I decided to listen. It was such a fun read, I listened in just one day!
I felt like I went back to listening to a bunch a 6th graders speaking to each other. All the drama of adolescence filled with 1st world problems.
The whole book
This is a really fun listen. The narrator didn't bug me very much which is pretty amazing for me. Although her accents were off a bit, her voice sounded age appropriate for each character.
The actual book was just fun too. It had several F words, but no sex scenes (which I appreciated). The F words were used appropriately and not too much. The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because there is a very anti-Christian feel to the book in some parts. I couldn't figure out what the author's position on Christianity was though. One of the main characters does have a bit of a "come to Jesus" moment, and the Christian antagonist gets a form of redemption in the end, but overall I felt like it made Christians look like hypocritical weirdos which bothered me a bit.
Makes you belly laugh throughout and great sense of humor about the unexpected things life can throw at you
The characterization of Seattle and people in Seattle was spot on, mocking but perfect. The only things missing were including complaints about new residents in the city, and CA and OR drivers. The battle against blackberries--oh man do I feel that pain! Goats and picks are indeed sometimes the best remedy.
And, the story itself was at times dark, but fantastical. There are a few plot points that are highly unlikely, but that's what a novel is for :)
Despite those moments, each character in the story is both are flawed and relatable. Making it a story you can get invested in and truly enjoy.
This story is very entertaining but I personally found the performance to be a little off kilter- the reader has a particular way of speaking (not an accent, but a sort of way of pronouncing) that is distinct - and she doesn't seem to change tone of voice at all between characters which can make the book (which is not told sequentially and is from multiple points of view) difficult to follow. Overall nothing was bad, just not my favorite and I found the reading distracting.
Now THIS is an audio book that's surpassing many I've listened to because the story really comes to life. It's like listening to a play. The voices! The singing (it's actually really cool when it happens and fits in). All narrated by one person!? Amazing! I had to return a recent audio book because the different characters were narrated by one monotone voice. THIS is an amazing listen. It's fun, quirky and a little wacky but intriguing and interesting story! I'm getting to the very end of the book and am dying to find out what happens. I had to write my review now because I'm that into this book. It's a lot of fun to listen to!
This book is hilarious, quarky, warm and prickly at the same time. The narrator brings the characters to life. I loved this book and will be recommending and gifting it to my friends who can appreciate a dry sense of humor with a little snark mixed in.
Weird, but good. I enjoyed it and will pursue books by this author in the future. I thought the narration was good, which is something I am usually critical of.