I really looked forward to this book. I'm not disappointed.
I must say that the most annoying thing about this audio book is that I personally really didn't enjoy the fact that John Lee makes voices - especially because it means that large parts of it is spoken in a German accent - sort of. I much prefer the reader to just READ the book aloud. I really think making voices are not suitable for a book for adults.
But I do see that other reviewers like it so I guess it's just a matter of preference.
This was the very first Marian Keyes novel that crossed my path and I enjoyed it. It was a story I really identified with and still do. The 4 main girls are maybe sort of stereotypical but I still found them interesting enough to want to know more. Perhaps the ending feels a bit rushed but still wrapped up the story nicely.I cannot say which part I liked best because I would spoil it but it was satisfying.
The story is well written and not overly complicated. Something that is easy to get into. I can only recommend. I guess it is chick-lit even though I find that category somewhat lackluster - it's about modern women in their 30s about love, life and work.
This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. I found the story very engaging and "the great reveal" (no spoiling) only added to the story. I cannot say too much or else I will spoil it. But I'd place it in the "thriller" category. Many great surprises. I've listened to it around three times already and I feel sure I could listen to it again. I kinda hope for a 14 two - a "28"? I want to know more about Nate and what happens in and around his building. GO Peter Clines - a 14 - 2.
Oh and I really enjoyed the narrator Ray Porter - great clear pronunciation. I would look for other books narrated by him in the future.
Really worth the credit.
So I guess I could be categorized as "a skinny white b*" in the mind of Precious, although I come from a completely different background, world view and mindset incomparable to the one portrayed in this book - still I really liked the book. It tells an important story of courage and will to survival of a young girl with seemingly everything against her. A story that transcends even the strong sense of divide based on skin color as the book describes (again and again).
It deals with very important issues and taboos such as incest, measure of intelligence and what it really means to be a good parent. Brutal and beautiful in its own way.
I certainly do not agree with the protagonist in her decisions but on the other hand I do understand them. And I think the book has a very standoffish view on the world and the people in it at times. But I do understand it - seen from the protagonist's viewpoint.
Many times I was on pins and needles for Precious and hoped maybe for more reflection but this is the author staying with the character - or that's is how I understood it.
A great listen - but not for the faint of heart.
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