I really enjoyed Elizabeth Strout's "Abide with Me." When I found THe Burgess Boys on Audible, read by Cassandra Campbell, I thought it would be a worthwhile read. I've gotten only 2hrs of the way through, and I... just... don't... care. Strout is a talented author, who can seamlessly weave together strands of everyday life and dialogue into her stories, but I don't like (or cannot relate to) any of the Burgess siblings: Bob is like a wounded puppy, Jim is a big pushy bully, and I just can't figure Susan out (who cares that her tenant stays in her pajamas all day?)
Many others have read this book and enjoyed it, but I just couldn't with this one. I still have Olive Kitteridge and Amy and Isabelle on my wishlist, so I ahve not given up on this author entirely... but this one just didn't do it for me.
This beautiful story, not just about the Burgess Boys, Bob and Jim, but their sad sister Susan, unravels with a slow, drawling fascination. Prefaced by another character entirely, who then silently haunts the book, building this story into myth, this novel entangled me and I was gutted when it was over.
Elizabeth Strout writes novels you live in for a while. You can walk around her towns and city blocks, you have the opportunity to inhabit any one of a number of psychologically rich characters. Her characters are flawed - racist, angry, sad, blinded by privilege or burdened with lack - and yet you forgive all of them ultimately because it is lonely and confusing to be human, connected and disconnected simultaneously to those around you, and to the things you live with.
Highly recommended. I also enjoyed the audiobook of Strout's Abide With Me.
Yes, and I already have.
When the woman was going to leave America and go home, the discussion of family values here in America and what she wants to return to, having family.
I did like it but she needs to re-record and learn the correct pronunciations of Orono and Bangor. Here in Maine we put the emphasis on first syllable of both city names. The way she pronounced Orono was particularly wrong. Why don't narrators do some research about place names??? This really bothered me.
As I said before, the discussion about family values in America vs. those of some other countries. Also, how the Burgess family became more of a family then ever before in many years.
No, just this author
It only became interesting at around chapter eight, but it was short lived.
I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, so I thought why not listen to another of Strout's books but this book was so boring I just wanted it to be over. Everything in the story was predictable.
it was fine
so much it is hard to say
Sorry, I just did not think the writing was very good. Best of luck with a new book
A great story but didn't always keep me engrossed. Not sure why. The performance was good, so it must be the writing. Sorry, Elizabeth Burgess, i know you're a successful writer. I just wasn't all that engaged throughout.
I cannot tell if I would have liked the story had the narration been better. Some of her voices were okay, but it was dull, especially in-between the dialogue. I cannot put my finger on it - the voice was nice, but it was just so slow and kind of depressing. I am having a really hard time getting through it and probably will not finish it.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I liked the moments when the author created magic with sentences and a plot turning from fiction to an almost suspense pain. I do not enjoy abridged books, but it was too much time and not even Yates could have made this sometimes painfully slow story into a five-star experience.
I`d turn the three divided books into one then made it 150 pages shorter. More magic!
kirby Heyborne as Zack, Peter Krause as Bob, Matt Dillon as Bill and Lauren Graham as the sad Susan.
could be perfect.
It started out very slow. Did not like Helen, she was so self absorbed. Would not recommend.
13+ hours of book and nothing happens. I finally turned the reading speed to 1.25 just to get through. I stuck with it to the end, because I stupidly held out hope that there was a purpose to the story. The actual story ended 2 hours before the book. There never was, and then it ended. I do not think I have to like characters to like the book, but I do want to see their story complete.There were at least 5 characters that just sort of disappeared in this book. If they were not important, don't write them in. Especially with long descriptions of their life history. It did nothing to move the story along. Then there were the scenes that had no purpose. My favorite example of this is Jim's itching peeling feet. Why did Ms Strout write that scene, and what editor left it in there? Lastly, we started with a mother and daughter discussing the Burgess family and the daughter deciding to write that story. The epilogue might have tied us back to that, but there was no epilogue.
Although Cassandra Campbell is usually a great reader, she read this so slowly it made a bad situation even worse.