It was average. I listen to alot of audio books, and while I felt the story, the details, and the focus were all very interesting, the overall tone of the entire narration and story was so bleak and desolate that at each new depressing turn, I was like, well of course it just has to keep getting worse. There was very little relief from what I consider to be a story about life's expectations gone wrong. The ending was actually pretty uplifting but only relatively.
I liked the narrator, mostly, but at times she her pace was relatively slow. I wondered if it was her tone, or the tone of the story that was more depressing.
She over-emotes every line. She should remember that she's narrating a story, not "acting it out." Very annoying.at times.
I really tried to like this book. It is well written and the narrator was fine, so I had trouble assigning star ratings. But, if I had met these characters in life I would try to avoid them, so I certainly didn't want to spend any time reading about them. I had great hopes for liking Bob, but he couldn't save this depressing, miserable story. I will be exchanging this one.
Good to put you to sleep.
A great disappointment. I listened 3 times and still didn't get it.
Would give it 3 1/2 stars if possible. The family dynamics were interesting and enjoyed the inward conflicts each character dealt with. That having been said, the main incident of the story was a little depressing and repetitive. The book shed light on a subject that some people might shy away from. It was good to inform the reader about another culture and point out our bias toward these people, but it was a little too "in your face" at times. If you are interested in coming away with having learned something educational and moving; without having to feel like you have to be entertained in a totally shallow and make-believe way, i.e. predictable romances, murder mysteries, etc., then this might work for you. I also felt it was difficult for the narrator to change her voice enough to accomplish a distinction between some of the characters. I don't regret having used a credit.
Say something about yourself!
I could not identify with any aspect of the story--what a disappointment!
The narrator's voice was so grating that I almost gave up in the first 30 minutes--perhaps I should have because the book was so disappointing.
It was slow and the characters were dry. It was a struggle to get through
I would never listen to anything by Elizabeth Strout again
no redeeming qualities
dont read it
I have greatly enjoyed Elizabeth Strout's other books, including "Olive Kitteredge" and "Amy & Isabelle." "The Burgess Boys" is almost shockingly disappointing. The story is dreary, the characters utterly unlikable, and the narrator sounds clinically depressed (I guess I would be, too, if I had to read this drivel). I couldn't even finish the first half.
Rarely is there a book so bad that I won't finish it. But this one about 1/2 half thru I have given up on. I normally listen on my commute to and from work. Sitting in the car today with nothing to do, I did not listen - I just really don't care what happens. There is not one character in the book even remotely likable. The narrator is good, but the material is so tedious and the characters so unsympathetic. I like none of these people. I am done with them. Give me my credit back!
Unlikeable characters, poorly thought out plot (really none, at all), banal writing, melodramatic reading.
Only if the book was well written
None. Really a waste of time.
I read this on faith because Olive Kitteridge was so good. Ms Strout should stick to what she does best—short stories.