Loved this book that kept me wanting to hear more! Especially wonderful if you've ever lived in a high tech area. Seattle and the Bay area particularly will get a laugh at themselves!
This book is hilarious and sad and genuine all at the same time. I love the characters--even the ones I hate. I have found myself wondering many times what the real story is and I LOVE that. There is so much depth and heart in this book.
I honestly think this is one of those time when you get more out of the book from listening to it than reading it. Kathleen Wilhoite gave an amazing performance. I know if I read this myself I would have missed a lot of the nuance of character that Kathleen brought out. Here singing voice is wonderful and was another delightful detention to the experience.
I have a long, somewhat tedious commute, but these days as I'm listening to this book I find myself just putting myself in a lane and not really caring if I can go faster. Before I know it I'm getting into work or am home and I usually feel a little disappointed!
There were some high points in this book, but overall one of the 'lesser' reads on audible. I do a fair bit of travelling for work and usually the miles fly with audible. During my last three hour journey, I switched off on this one. The narrator's voice is annoying. Her attempts at accents fail dismally. The story line falls between riveting and unbelievable.
Book was a real treat with colorful characters. The reader had a superb ability to capture different voices My only complaint was as a listener trying to handle too much of a decibel range.
I did listen to the whole book but found parts of it tedious. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Narrator was a little over the top, too juvenile sounding.
How can this horrible book have so many wonderful reviews? There must be something wrong with me. It's terrible. I've only been listening for about an hour... Maybe it gets better but I just can't go on. The plot is set up in the first few but then nothing happens. There is no one to like, though since it's mostly emails, it's impossible to get to know any of the characters. Apparently the author is also a writer on several sitcoms, some which I have liked. But sitcoms are mostly light and fluffy and brainless. Kind of like this book.
7 out of 10
It was over the top and she was not good at differentiating many of the voices. She had three basic voices, which didn't work well for a book told in letters written by many different people. That said, she has a fabulous singing voice and used it to great effect when needed.
Fresh and fabulous story, beautifully drawn characters, and some really first-rate writing. One major flaw. The story was told through letters and the letters were often not at all believable, which we found distracting. We continually paused the audio and said to one another, "But an educational consultant would never use expletives in a formal communication to a client group he hardly knows." "A psychiatrist would never write a letter like that to a group of parents." If the entire book was full of magical realism, it would have been one thing, but the book was built on a certain authenticity, so we found it difficult to overcome. In the end, the strong points of the book were worth the flaws for us.
I love reading but I also love to listen while gardening, driving or doing my work. I'm in two book clubs and a bible study.
Made the daughter sound like she was 5 and she was a teenager.
Just didn't like how the story was all over the place.
The end was decent. Really not very climactic
Probably not... wasn't really my cup of tea. The performance was decent.
No. The ending pretty much summed it up.
I loved this book. The story is a bit of a fairy tale but the characters are delightful and it is so well written. I will definitely read it again.