At first I was not so interested in the slow narrative, but the story picks up soon after the first few letters and ends up being laugh out loud funny and also endearing.
A few unexpected twists and happy ending.
Wonderful, witty writing and a story that unfolds with twists and turns makes for an entrancing read. The narrator is one of the best I've heard. Her ability to produce different voices to uniquely differentiate each character is outstanding.
Captivating, funny, and touching! This book really held my interest and the descriptions of Antarctica were breathtaking. The reader's voice was good but the tone wore on me after awhile. It was just a touch too over the top for my taste. The plot of the book was also a bit over the top but that is what made the story funny and captivating as it was very unique. Highly recommend this book!
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.