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Deborah

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  • Seating Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maggie Shipstead
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (108)

    Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn.

    Annie M. says: "A Great Authorial Debut"
    "No likeable characters"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ever since Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, there has been an onslaught of novels in which there is not a single likeable character, or even one with whom the reader can sympathize. I always finish books, even poorly written ones, but I can't bear to listen to Seating Arrangements any longer. There are just better things to do in life than to listen to a thread of a story about a bunch of shallow, narcissistic people. The writing is OK, perhaps carried by the good reading performance, but the plot is minimal and the characters boring and self-centered. Even an interesting villain would make this a better work.


    Has Seating Arrangements turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because other writers do it better.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    His voice is strong, deep and convincing -- the only thing about this book I liked.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seating Arrangements?

    There isn't enough here to cut, but perhaps the dirty old man sex scenes or the pathetic daughter craving love in any form scenes. It's just so depressing and tawdry.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I bought this. The advertising reviews were grossly misleading.

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