Although this wasn't the story I was expecting, it is okay. However, the characters seem ill-formed or overly vague or perhaps they just don't make sense to me. I became so impatient with the characters that I wanted to shake them or at least hurry along to get the book finished. I would not recommend this one.
This is a serious book and has moments of real human response which were funny
Words spoken in season is like a fresh rain.
Sorry, didn't review the print.
Bob. The most balanced (and sane).
She's a great reader.
Interesting book. Jim was a trip. I would have liked to see if Helen allowed him back.
A story that covers so many levels of human relationships that you'll be sad when it ends. Well worth the read.
I found this book difficult to get through. Unlike some other listeners I think the problem is that it is too well written. I know people who treat each other this way. Elizabeth Strout nailed it. The relationship between the brothers was so difficult during the first third of the book that I cried and would not have continued if it were not my book club's choice for this month. There are no likable characters in this book. Bob is nice, but a little to vague to be truly admirable. Otherwise everyone is so damaged it is painful. It reminds me a little bit of Mrs.Bridge, but perhaps that is just because that book depressed me as well. The story never really lightens at any point. I think the ending is supposed to be happy, and for two characters there is hope. Again I want to stress that the writing is good and the narration good; the book is just pretty much a downer from start to finish.
I enjoyed the story of the Burgess boys and their sister, even though I didn't particularly like or relate to any of them. The insight into human behaviour and society's reaction when confronted with refugees was very well portrayed by Elizabeth Strout. The narrator was very good.
I would listen to this book again. Strout does a wonderful job with character development. Each one is real and believable!
Actually, when has Elizabeth Strout written a bad book? Done with her inimitable style and inimitable observations of how we humans behave, both badly and well. A gem.
Love books with a lot of heart. Deep character development and intelligent writers.
Absolutely, the reader is one of my favorites. Every word is spoken with emotion.
When Jim admitted he was the one who killed his father not Bob.
I liked Pam.
Although Jim was the villain of the story he was also the most interesting. I would take Jim out and just let him talk about everything.
Elizabeth Strout does an excellent job of weaving a story together. Her characters are in-depth, lovable and flawed. She is a keen observer of family dynamics and the listener can see how everything fits together at the end.