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.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
The story follows a group of teenagers from one summer, spent in a performing arts camp, to adulthood. They face challenges, disappointment, and joy as they make choices and look for ways to put meaning in their adult lives. Although they call themselves "The Interestings" and some of them have lives that are more than ordinary, it's clear that they're just people trying to make their way in the world. Good writing and compelling characters. Believable.
This is a great book thanks mostly to the stark realism. The characters are idealistic teenagers, growing up at a performing arts camp that tells them they can be anything they want if they just follow their dreams. Unfortunately, that is not how the world works. This book can be frustrating and sad, but that is the beauty of it: it truly exemplifies the realities of life. It perfectly captures the hardships everyone faces behind closed doors, and the struggles one must accept when our childhood dreams don't come true.
David Sedaris told me to read this when I met him at a book signing. I found out later that the camp I go too is the same one the novel is based on, so I can attest that it is very accurate. I have never before read a book and felt such a connection to the story. This novel has made me completely reassess my nine years of summer camp and the life long friendships I have made and lost while there. If you ever were blessed or harmed by the experience of summer camp I recommend this book.
No she has only recorded one other.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
It's just too easy to go for the low hanging fruit and sum this book up as the converse of its title. But then that is exactly the point of the book, that the artistically gifted teen summer campers who dubbed themselves "The Interestings" aren't really special, as one character explicitly admits somewhere along the line -- not even the one character who achieves the pinnacle of success in his chosen art form. Half a century later, they are as uninterestingly ordinary as when they started their little clique.
That's an, uh, interesting premise. But it doesn't necessarily make for interesting reading. It's not that I was uninterested, but I was definitely disinterested -- I just didn't care for them or about them. And it's not for lack of identifying with the characters -- they are exactly my age, from the same city, the same schools, the same career arc, similar artistic endeavors abandoned along the way. In fact, the only character I found at all interesting is the one who is least like me in most ways (still similar in some respects).
I am reminded of the criticism of the movie version of This Is Where I Leave You. I loved that book, in both print and audio, liked the movie well enough. But film critics wondered, "Why would we care about the trivial travails of affluent white suburbanites?" I cared. And yet here I feel nothing for the privileged urbanites of The Interestings, which book critics loved.
I won't try to argue that I'm right in this case where the critics were wrong about TIWILY (if I were to make the case, I'd start with TIWILY being played primarily for laughs, or maybe I'm just a contratrian). But it really all depends on who you like, who you don't like. Maybe these characters will grab you in ways that left me unintersted -- excuse me, disinterested.
Not for the first time in recent memory, I find myself wishing that this book had been heavily edited. Maybe at ten hours, the characterizations would have proven crisper -- lord knows the paucity of plot and action did not require fifteen hours. Thank heavens for Jen Tullock's alacritous reading (her performance is good all around). Actually, I want to read a 250-page book about Jonah. I couldn't care less about the rest of them.