A fresh, whimsical listen. The songs were perfect, the story was cute and original. The only lack was for a better recording quality.
This is one of my favorite books since I was assigned to read it in grammar school. I bought it thinking it would be nice to listen to with my niece but ended up introducing it to my husband on a trip this summer. He was skeptical at first and I could see he was intending to sleep instead of listen but after the first chapter he was hooked and listened to it on the way TO and then requested the book on the way BACK!
What a wonderful and original story. A little on the predictable side but terrifically so. Sent me to the internet daily to see the rooms and finally I had to order the catalogue from the museum.
I have always loved Glenn Close and she fleshed out what was a bit of a plain (three way pun intended) story. I remember reading the first of these books when I was just starting on chapter books and I was a but underwhelmed even then. My young niece and I listened to about half of the selection on our way to and from her summer day camp but I was so captivated by GC's story telling that I finished the rest of it myself after the trips had ceased.
Jon Cowley's voice is like music. His expression and intonation is excellent. The only reason he didn't get top rating is that he was a bit slow. This was easily solved by bumping the speed up to 1 and 1/2.
The book was as disjointed as it's title. Several sets of characters going about their rather average lives with no tie between them except they live in the same "neighborhood".
The main story's conclusion can't be called anti-climax since there was not climax, anywhere. I'm wondering if the author was paid by the word because I didn't need to be told over 20 times that the stair railing was filthy or the colour and shape of someone's shoes.
The promise of an ending explaining the one "mystery" did have me listen to the book to the end (ok, the voice of JC would be lovely reading a biscuit label) but even that was disappointing.
I loved the bits of obscure history bulking out the novel but if you are not into these tidbits, which had me languishing in Wikipedia for hours, you will be frustrated.
I have listened to this book more than any other.
Friday, of course
The wryness in her voice.
This is my goto book for almost any situation. When away from home, while walking, to relax after stressfull day. The only caveat is that with all the casual sex one needs to be carefull of easily offended or young listeners. Don't let the sex throw you off, as one of the reviewers of this book when it was first published said,
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