I really enjoyed this book. It is wonderfully funny detailing the highjinks of the denizens of the Seattle/Microsoft, suburban, private school crowd with a sweet underlying family story. The writing is very lively -- the story is told through the email messages, letters, etc. of various characters, each with very distinct voices. While some of the story elements are silly and outlandish for comedic effect, it is not vapid--there is humanity in the emotional unfolding of the story. The narrator gamely takes on some (briefly) required accents, but her main strength is in her energetic characterizations. She also sings exeptionally well for the one verse of a Christmas carol.
Fun lively read. Great entertainment, although not high powered literature. The mystery provides a structure and reason for the various characters to interact, but isn't especially compelling. The fun is in the dialog and mistaken identities.
I really want to like this series, but it ends up being too dry. One thing that bugs me is the choice to have a female reader for a male first person narration. Just because the author is female doesn't mean that it should be read by one.
The characters are impossibly beautiful, rich, lucky, and not much happens in the storyline. Lots of hot sex, if that's what you are looking for.
Beginning a little in the last book and prominently in the one is how she frames the storyline thru trips to the therapist. It changes the tone and style of the novel. Strange choice for a series.
The narrator finally learned to pronounce carotid, but there are still strange pronunciations present. Also voice and sound quality changes at bizarre points--I suspect that is poor engineering.
Sometimes the rhythm of the speech isn't well thought out and could be a lot clearer. Also she shouldn't try to do accents. If I usually tragic.
Like the series. Didn't really like the part of the book set in Illinois. Also wish narrator would learn to pronounce carotid. And several other words. Drives me nuts.
I really get a kick out of this hysterical series. For me it balances just enough mayhem to keep the mystery going without being dark or violent. I also enjoy the romance, although it I kind of cheesy and I suspect guys might not go for that aspect.
I wish the narrator checked a pronunciation dictionary as she slips up on several words. She also switches voices at the wrong time on several occasions which makes it a bit confusing.
The stalker in this book was pretty creepy, which I wasn't expecting. Not full-on thriller level of suspense, but grislier than I expected for a cozy coffee shop mystery.
While I adore Adichie's prose and am fascinated by the glimpse into Nigerian culture, I found the character of the father so polarized in his public vs. private behavior and his horrific treatment of his family hard to believe and hard to take.
As to the recording, the narrator's breathing was often so clearly heard as to be distracting. I loved her performance and attribute this to poor production technique.
The characters were intriguing and revealed in flashbacks going in reverse chronological order. The storyline was quite compelling and the prose was beautiful and descriptive. Some details were creepy and disturbing, but/and very effective.
I enjoyed the outrageous characters, behavior and language of this series. It is light entertainment and only for those who aren't offended by the language. I was frustrated by the reader's inability to differentiate between male and female characters which is particularly problematic as the chapters alternate from the point of view of a male and a female character, and it is impossible to tell who is talking by tone of voice alone.
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