I enjoyed listening to this because I didn't know what the book was about before I began. I found myself interested in what might happen even though seemingly nothing happened, it was just the story of friends growing up together.
Mommy of Pookies
I liked the story because it was told straight forward with no real twists or turns. If you are looking for something with a surprising plot this book may not be for you. It reminded me a lot of a Hemingway novel.
Actually loved this story. As a creative person myself, I felt this story mirrored many elements of living as a creative individual in a culture which does not embrace the creative. Great character development.
It is very well written and the story well told. The dialogues are realistic and the observations entertaining. I was interested in the characters, but I think some people won't be. Give it a try. Return the book if you're not captivated rather fast - the whole book is pretty much the same thoughts and feelings applied to life's different stages.
A book that wonders what's the point of an ordinary life. A book about what it's like to be best friends with a rich, successful couple, knowing that you could have had that life if you had been attracted to the rich-to-be man.
The book has a lot of "filler material" that I would have been a waste of time for a slow reader like me, and that I wouldn't be able to endure if the narration and production weren't flawless. As it is, the 15 hours audiobook was an easy listen.
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I was disappointed that the story ends abruptly after being so long and detailed. I feel that I was robbed of seeing Julie apply her "insight" to her life, and that was disappointing after I had felt like slapping her for being very realistically annoying so many times during the book.
I had heard so many good things about this book and I have to say it all lived up to the praise it received. I loved the pace of the book; going from adulthood to childhood to adulthood and the same stories told from different perspectives of various characters. I thought the
the narrator was terrific. Highly recommend.
characters need development. Story is purely sensational without any depth. Historical and cultural accuracy were good, but also very superficial.
She uses the ska monotone and attitude for each male character.
Not possible to tell the story without each character.
I really dislike this story and the narrator.
Yes. Knowing the outcome of the main characters would provide a unique perspective listening to their stories from the beginning. Given all that I know, the plot elements and details may be more telling in the characters' development. I've only reread one book more than once (The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo), but I'd have to believe that this book would be worth a second listen.
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach because of the inter-connectedness of the main characters and the themes of jealousy, envy, and the rarity of true talent.
Dennis, Jules' husband--because he was written as such a different type of character than the Interestings and Ms. Tullock's performance created such a visual of him that I'm sure I'd be able to pick him out of a line-up. Several times I continued listening to Dennis' parts long after I needed to pause the book because I was transfixed not just by the words, but by the rawness of "his" delivery.
No, and from my perspective, that's a good thing! I only listen to long books because if they are good...I never want them to end. For that very reason, I can't read short stories. I hate to become vested in something amazing and wonderful and then have it come to a premature conclusion. I want greatness to last.
I learned a lot about myself in the book's discussion of jealousy and envy among friends and within families...and how such emotions cause us to struggle with conflicting thoughts of success, insecurities, happiness, and mediocrity.
One of the story lines never got truly resolved and karma never caught up to one character...karmic retribution would have made the end feel just a smidge more satisfying.
Deep, thoughtful, literary fiction—old, new, sci-fi, whatever—is my thing.
"The Group" meets "Meatballs."
What an all-around great story! It explores summer camp friendships with sophistication, following a coterie of "Interesting" East-Coast characters from their teen years through adulthood. Not at all sappy or melodramatic, Woltizer weaves a gripping tale, and Jen Tullock's interpretation is spot on. I happily hung onto every word till the end.