I slogged through this book. I almost didn't finish. GONE GIRL is exceptional. This book is...not.
Maybe it would have been a better read– the narrator was so annoying. Basically a group of awful people have a snooty dinner in a boring restaurant and manage not to directly discuss the horrible reason they are gathered together: their sons have done something heinous. The adults' handling of this despicable act is the crux of this story. It made me feel bad, and sad, and angry in a dull sort of way.
This is a book with literary merit that does not make for a great listen. I liked it better in hindsight.
When I began listening, the book was hilarious. Lots of sarcastic put-downs of pretentious people and a restaurant. I thought I was in for a funny ride. But the book does turn dark...very dark. We discover things about the characters that we didn't suspect. Many things. Getting pertinent information out of the main character and narrator is like pulling teeth - very frustrating but effective. He tells us many times of things he thought of saying in a particular situation....but then he didn't say them. We gradually learn many very relevant tidbits that we wouldn't have suspected that add to the development of the story. An interesting read, but I which Koch had stuck to funny.
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.
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.