This is classic John Irving, better than Until I Find You. The narrator was poor with little attempt (or ability) to give voices to different characters. I'm surprised Audible didn't even list this as a new release, much less a featured new release. I found it by searching John Irving as an author.
This is the best book I've listened to in years! I believe narrators were spot on. I think this is Wally Lamb's best. His bold portrayal of Kent, the pedophile, while disturbing, was inciteful without being sympathetic.
Annie. She's a great study of what can happen when one fails to deal with emotional trauma by bottling up her past.
The various narrators enhanced my ability identify with all of the characters. I was surprised that the author's narration was so good. Too many times authors are not good narrators, especially fiction writers.
As a long time (15+ yrs) audible listener, I rank this in the top 5 novels.
I first read Dark Places when it first came out, and Gone Girl about a month ago. When I decided to go back and order Sharp Objects, I had high expectations. Wow. I wasn't disappointed. I thought this was the best of the three. All of her characters are somewhat "dark", but her stories are believable, and intriguing. Sharp Objects is the most twisted of the three; I guess that's why its my favorite. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Flynn!
Camille. She was the least "affected" character, but her demons were as addictive as her alcohol.
All three of her books are great.
If a story is great, I don't mind suffering through a poor narrator, even when warned by fellow reviewers. This book was tedious, and it dragged on and on. If I get distracted, I often re-wind to catch what I missed. I found myself so distracted and bored, that I gave up after rewinding the same scene about ten times. This selection was a waste of time and credit.
Supberb. Great writing, great narration. Even though the story doesn't follow chronologically, the author has framed this tragedy exceptionally well. As a recently retired school administrator, I always dreaded 4/20, now I really know why.
The forward by Newt Gingrich is a clue about the political propaganda to follow. Smoking cigarettes and vigilanty executions are glorified. It feeds into the Survivalist movements, and the position of the author is much scarier than the apocalyptic outcome.
Some of the reviews for this book were not very flattering, but I took a chance on Scott Brick as the narrator. I thought it was a great book. Unlike some of the reviews, I found it very intriguing and easy to follow. Good "creepy" story!
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