Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Challenging Moral questions - well worth the effort. Clive Mantle does a fine job balancing the tension.
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
I would prefer to see people doing "the right thing" so I would have liked to have seen one of the mothers try to get their sons to do the right thing rather than helping them to avoid getting caught.
Haven't heard another one.
He did a very good job with intonations whether suggesting sarcasm or showing disdain for "Serge". I think this definitely added to the listen over reading it yourself.
No, not really. Not sure where you would go from there. So much dysfunction; so little story.
It wasn't a "feel good" book and so much was implausible. While I totally understand the parental protectiveness I think very few people would "cross the line" like that even for their child. Most would feel that trying to help their child become a better person would trump helping them get away with something even if that means jail and rehabilitation. I also really didn't like the unrealistic, imaginary "mental disease" that was portrayed as something you could detect with amniocentesis. I don't think this was very scientifically plausible and sort of made the author look as though they hadn't done any research on this type of thing.
The audible edition of this book was narrated by a very whiney-voiced man that made me want to quit reading it, but that is not easy for me to do. So I struggled through with the aggravating voice and frequent unnecessary descriptions to reach the somewhat vague conclusion to a book that I am thankful was not too long.
I heart audiobooks! Best way to "read"!
I hated this book. The reason it gets 2 stars is the performance by Clive Mantle is terrific. He manages to breathe life into what is otherwise a long, dull, and less-than-thrilling thriller where I was both confused and annoyed. The action takes place over one evening, with plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of rambling flashbacks. Two couples -- brothers and their wives -- meet for dinner to discuss their sons who have done something awful. BTW, that "something awful" is revealed pretty early on. There is no mystery here. The only issue being wrestled with at dinner is what to do about the boys' heinous acts. It's thoroughly unbelievable that anyone would be discussing such a private and dire situation in a crowded restaurant, especially since one of the brothers is a famous politician. SPOILER ALERT: the lead brother turns out to be some sort of sociopath with a history of violent assault, and yet is free to walk around and have dinner at a 5 star restaurant. He admits he hasn't worked in years. How does he support himself, much less not be in JAIL for his own crimes? Then there is a Lady MacBeth turn at the end with his wife that felt like a complete cheat. No idea why this got such good reviews in PEOPLE MAGAZINE, etc. Save your money and spend it somewhere else.
The narrator was fabulous, loved his voice and could have listened to him for days, in fact, because of his voice I listened longer that I would normally.
No, just this particular author.
His narration was pretty good.
I kept waiting for something more revealing.
I heard an interview with this author on NPR. It sounded interesting as the host did not want to divulge too much and ruin the book. Throughout the book it felt like it was building to some sort of twist or something interesting...and it never really got there.
Lots of narrative, but not much story. The real story line doesn't begin until you're two-thirds through the book and then the story itself is not very interesting.
The narration is very good and Mr. Mantle's voice & accent are pleasant and additive to an otherwise boring book.
No, never read twice, but loved it.
Wonderful accents, intonation. Compassion for characters.
Laughed out loud at the critique of the restaurant.
I was expecting something along the lines of "Carnage" (the Roman Polanski movie, from the play "The God of Carnage") - an examination and illustration of how parents behave and reveal themselves when dealing with the misdeeds of their children. This novel seems to start out that way: Two couples meet for dinner - two brothers (one an important politician, one a disgraced former school teacher) and their respective wives. "We need to talk about are children" is stated a few times, but they never get to that.
Instead, the book delves into a whole lot of backstory, detailing not just what their sons did, but how the parents found out, how the police were involved, and how a video ended up on the internet. And backstory about how Paul hated his job and his students, how he got fired after assaulting an official, how he hates his brother and how he is hatefully jealous of, well, just about everything that he doesn't have. He's ultimately a cowardly sociopath with no sense of anger management. Then there's his scheming sociopathic wife, the vacant (but apparently nice) wife of the politician, and the politician himself who is (ironically) the one who seems most sane and level headed. And some nonsense about some disease relating to violence and sociopathy that is genetic, can be discovered by amniocentesis, is often the cause of recommended abortions in women carrying affected children, and which **the author admitted later does not exist**. It's all kind of a mess.
The potential exists (for a book like We Need To Talk About Kevin), but this isn't it.