I really enjoyed this book. It was a easy, fast read, and was very enjoyable. The narration did not bother me as some other reviews had stated.
The clever use of emails, letters, medical reports and a TED talk make for a refreshingly original read. The narrator does the individual voices perfectly. Amusing send-up of the suburban Seattle aspirational lifestyle. The narrative does get a bit dark in the second half, but redeems itself by the end. A few bits strain credibility, but overall it's a very fun story. Our Book Club found it very enjoyable.
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This story of Bea, a 15 year old in a 10 year old's body due to a major heart defect in infancy, is interesting up to a point, and then goes -- quite literally -- south. The narrator, especially when voicing Bea, used an unfortunate whine to simulate adolescence. The backstory was more interesting than the novel as it moved forward in time. The COVER is terrific - good marketing!
I loved this book. At first I found the narrator's voice annoying, but then I began to really appreciate her range. I felt like each character was truly distinct. The story is excellent as well. It was so much fun. I've listened to it several times now. One of my favorites!
Absolutely! The story was fun, the narration was fantastic and I actually laughed out loud.
Its really hard to pick one since so many characters are given a unique voice in this performance. But I'd narrow it down to either Bee or Bernadette.
No, but she was fantastic. I will be looking for others narrated by her.
I work at a computer with numbers. I 'Audible' like others game. I write a little too.
Loved every moment of this work. Thank you Maria for letting us follow Bernadette and showing us how she found herself, even if it took her going to the ends of the earth.