I read and listen to a lot of books but I rarely write reviews because taste is so subjective. I like narrater Cassandra Campbell but not for this novel. I picture a harder charactor with a harsher attitude. It comes off as a Hallmark movie of the week and I think it was meant to be deeper. More like Sundance Channel after hours.
Say something about yourself!
Oh my gosh... book was good, but I wanted to shake her. She just just never took control of her own happiness. If it happened to her, she was grateful, but she missed out on so much because she wouldn't go for what she wanted. And honestly, I'm not sure what she wanted. The point of the story was that she didn't KNOW what she wanted. I get that - I suffer from it - but it was frustrating to listen to it.
You know how you can look at other people's lives and think, "I know what you need... you should do x...", but you don't know what you need for your own life? That's this book in a nutshell.
Don't waste your credit. Cassandra Campbell is an excellent reader. She gives wonderful voice to the characters. The story itself is more than disappointing. Nora is unlikeable and vacuous. I kept waiting for something to give some point and meaning to the story but like the rest of the book, the ending was pointless and disappointing.
This novel, like the main male character in the work, needs to be less a talker. Lots of meaningless, seemingly endless chatter, or so it seems. A few lovely sentences but not enough to sustain all the noise.
I loved Messud's THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN and would still recommend that.
She captures most of the characters really well and performs a range of accents and age groups. She does least well with the main character, who is from New England--a slight Southern accent peeks through.
Skip this book and read the first one if you haven't.
I may be impatient and superficial, but I just don't get this book. It's not that it's bad - it's just not going anywhere. Halfway through it, I've decided to put it aside and not bother unless there's nothing else to read. I understand it's a story about frustration and anger, but it falls short of almost every mark. It's too narrow in its focus - we don't know (almost) anything about her life outside her obsession, though life and affections exist on the fringes of obsession in every case. And I'm tired of the cliches on academics and the rarefied world they inhabit - and I'm also very suspicious of her reading of foreignness, which I find superficial and downright silly at times.
Eleven hours of absolute drivel. Yes...I liked the narrater and Im confident that the author is probably a good writer but this book did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR ME.
The characters did nothing for me...they were boring, and, it took eleven hours to get to the ridiculous twist at the end...which still had no real ending.
I almost feel angry that it wasted so much of my time that could have been spent on a book with a decent story.
Inferno, Dan Brown
Cassandra Campbell, one of my favorite narrators, was perfection in bringing the characters to life.
The unvarnished truth of the protagonist's deepest feelings, exposed in a way that not only rang true, but as Messud so eloquently writes "there's that room inside your mind where you are most freely and unconcernedly yourself and then there are the many layers of masquerade by which you protect that skinless core." We got to see both the guarded and unguarded Nora and thus, live inside her skin - the gift of a brilliant storyteller.
Perfectly expressed nuances for each character.
Nora, because, in the end, she was the most authentic.
I was almost turned away from choosing this book because of negative reviews, which is why I took the time to write this one. Don't miss this book it is well worth your credit!
Making it into a short story.
Less droning on about what the reader thinks.
The narrator did her best with the material.
Move on to another choice if you are thinking of listening to this.
There is nothing better than a good book!
I LOVE this! Twisted, dark, honest, and so intimate. This is a must have! The end will shock you...
I think that we have all had moments in our lives when we come to a painful realization that a person or persons that we are enamored with, and have built our whole existence and fantasies around, does not feel the same way about us. Hopefully most of us, however, are not dealt the type of shattering betrayal experienced by Nora, the perpetual "woman upstairs". The story portrays this pain eloquently, although it left me with left me with an unsatisfied thirst for revenge! However, I did not like this narrator, Cassandra Campbell at all. Her excessively slow, pretentious melodramatic style of reading, and above all her overly enunciated diction, were highly annoying distractions which often tempted me to discontinue listening altogether. Some of her dialog was better, although again I found her Italian accents extremely annoying as well.
The emotional complexities of Nora's feelings toward each member of the Sayid family are very compelling.
I think I would have liked anyone better. One of the narrators of The Help, maybe - they were all excellent
A Getting Revenge Book, maybe - seriously though, no follow-up needed - probably what happens next in Nora's life is best left to the imagination