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I liked the characters, particularly the lead and her husband, and the story grows far more interesting than the beginning of the book.The narrator offers very subtle voice changes with the characters that was hard to distinguish in the beginning, when the characters are young. But as they age, she fleshes them out nicely and the story flows between them without affectation.
I missed these characters for several weeks after I finished this wonderful book. It really stayed with me. I think it is my favorite book this year. A really fabulous book.
I have recommended it to several friends. I enjoyed the character development, the plot twists and the setting. I actually was saving the 2nd half for a return 10 hour drive in the car, but couldn't wait til the end of our vacation to finish it. Had to get a different book by the time we headed home!
Yes. The writing is crisp and the story moves. The narration is very good. I'm impressed by Jen Tullock's ability to maintain all the character voices, even evolving as they age, and do accents.
The ending allowed me to look back over the entire book and realize how depressing these character's lives are. It was definitely an appropriate ending to the book and helped me to clarify why I found the entire story to be depressing...
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insightful, alienating, sad
I found Goodman Wolf believable and enjoyed his sad journey.
This was my biggest complaint. The way she reads it, all of the characters have a disdainful, superior edge. It gets tiresome, and I started to wonder if maybe I would've done better just to buy the actual book instead. At times I felt like I was being told that the characters liked each other, but I didn't understand why. Many characters are described as being funny, and but they're not. I would give the narrator high marks on giving each character a distinct sound, and nailing the various accents.
No, I was "able to put it down." But I did enjoy it and looked forward to taking it up each time I started in again.
I found the dramatic parts compelling and involving, but it never made me laugh once. The "witty" banter among the characters was, at best, mildly clever, and never actually funny. I cried a few times, but I was never close to laughing, and I think it would've made the whole thing richer if it could've risen above its earnestness at times, and made me giggle. I went to camp and made tight friendships there, and it wasn't all badinage and witty ripostes. We were also warm and silly with each other, and this doesn't capture that at all.
Yes, it was slow and drab.
Not really. There are five hours left in the book. After 10 hours invested, I am not motivated by the story to continue listening. It just lacked a good plot. Also, I really didn't like how she jumped around with the story. It just wasn't for me.
This book made me miserable, BUT true to contemporary literary offerings, it gives alot to consider about the lives and times of these baby boomers. In the end, I'm glad I read it and glad Meg branched out and wrote it.
Here is the unlikely premise, which allows us to explore the thoughts and actions of this generation: Sad and ordinary girl meets the "it" brother and sister at summer artistic camp and is invited into their click of friends. One of them will eventually become the Bill Gates of a Hollywood Cartoon Empire, one will be accused of a crime, one will almost always do the right thing and end up marrying well but will have other sorrows, one will face being gay and get over a childhood trauma, and another will remain the source of comfort in her bitter ordinariness. But they will remain friends throughout the twists and turns of life.
This novel is riveting. Love the plot that weaves back and forth through the decades and chronicles friendships that ensure over time. The pace of the narration is off, though, and is not emotive enough to match the plot.
Plot draws you in. Well written. Great character development.
Very character driven
She captures the swift, headstrong rush of the main characters as they move from their teen years to maturity.
I found it intriguing from the beginning--a very clever premise that the main characters meet at a summer arts camp where their friendship blossoms. They remain in contact with one another through their high school, college, and middle years. Some stay closer than others, and they are aptly named because as characters in a novel they remain "interesting" throughout. The book not only begins well, but it also has a very satisfactory ending.
While I enjoyed the book a lot and some of Wolitzer's observations about the 7o's, art, creativity, modern life--I found the reading to be excruciating at times. Nothing takes you out of an audiobook more than a mispronounced word (there are several); the transitions between chapters and sections are much too abrupt. Really not a pleasant listening experience. I don't fault the reader, who was basically find, but the production team on this one.