This is no doubt a much different story when read than listened to. For one, without a family tree chart or chapter headings to glance up at there was some trouble figuring out who was who and when was when, as the story jumped back and forth in time and across generations and from relative to relative. Confusing.
The narrator was not altogether unpleasant, although his elderly voices, either male OR female, did tend to sound similar, almost sterotypical.
Nomatter what reviewers will say, this book will unfortunately be a major pick in Book Clubs across the nation. Libraries and livingrooms will fill with people wanting to read and discuss Ms Kidd's latest. (Which is why I chose to listen to, not read it.) Oh, what a mistake the American reading public will make. Heaven knows what anyone in a book club will discuss. An empty headed book. All invention and little real substance.
Didn't anyone explain to the author that a good writer doesn't TELL but SHOWS? We should be feeling what the main character feels, not being told in a half sentence what she feels. Any sensible person would wonder why the main character does anything she does. There is simply NO motivation, except given in hindsight.
Of course she can't make sense out of the incident of her mother's finger. The answer's simple. The author can't make sense out of it herself. She came up with a half-way interesting concept but just couldn't pull it off. How could any woman be stupid enough to suddenly have the feelings and make the decisions she makes. I guess it would work if you were 19. The main character's a bigger basket case than her mother, and the author hasn't a clue why.
This reads like a budding student's second draft at a Writer's Program at a mediocre university. The editors no doubt did 100's hours of work to streamline the writing hoping to get another "Secret Life of Bees" to press.
This audiobook was a complete waste of a precious Audible book credit. And a waste of my listening time. (This is the very first time I've listened to a book at my iPod's fastest speed.) Goodness knows why I thought I'd get my Audible dollar's worth if I just forced myself to listen to every last word. Cardboard character after cardboard character. Each has a role: to advance the story, NOT to be a vital person him/herself.
Narrator: She tries hard, but she is not consistent in her characterizations. Quite the challenge in a muddled book.
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