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Lucy

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  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Absolutely awful!"
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    What disappointed you about A Hundred Summers?

    I wasn't expecting great literature, just a fun and interesting read, a bit of escape literature. But this book is not that. The narration is annoying- breathless, overly-emotional in tone and childlike in pitch. And then she does the male voices...yikes. Just awful. But the writing is infinitely worse. I can't imagine how this book could have so many glowing reviews (which led me to think this might be a fun summer read) when it is so predictable and dull.


    What was most disappointing about Beatriz Williams’s story?

    The characters are really flat, 2-dimensional. The dialog is just cliched. But more disappointing is that there is absolutely no sense of the time period. The story is supposedly taking place in the 1930's- but really it could be happening at any time, anywhere. It lacks any sense that the Depression has been going on for almost a decade, that WWII is looming in Europe, that there's a culture of music, fashion, art, even nightlife, that was distinct to Depression-era NYC. There's not even a believably conveyed sense of summertime life in the beautiful, wealthy beachside communities along the Atlantic where much of the story takes place. It's all very generic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen McInerney’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation mixed with exasperation and boredom. I actually found myself making sarcastic comments out loud as a way to maintain my sense of humor as the book droned on. But I pride myself on finishing what I start and I did make it through the all-too predictable ending of the book. No surprises there...


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually write reviews- I figure everyone has their own taste. But this really is the worst book I've downloaded from Audible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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