Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2010
No, I would hope my friends could read it in print. The narrator was awful - whiny, nasal and boring as hell.
Perhaps the Ivy Chronicles.
A woman. A good British male reader. This guy is just awful.
I laughed when I was not annoyed by the horrible reader.
It makes me sad that an excellent debut novel could be ruined by such a bad and clueless reader. That guy is so bad I will never listen to any book he narrates. I would leave the train carriage if he sat next to me and I had to hear him speak. Why do so many American readers think they are actors and over-act? Truly trying and more than a bit annoying. This is why I mostly listen only to British novels, but keep trying to find good american ones. Hard, given the readers.
It is up near the top. A most enjoyable read and my short headline does not say it all as the book is clearly more than a romp through the art world of Paris.
One other does not come readily to mind. Perhaps, along the lines of India Knight and Ian Moore.
The reader was wonderful and never did that over-acting, shouting thing that is so annoying in some audible books.
I liked the scene where the artists videotaped his parents in the kitchen of the seaside house in England.
There are many levels to this novel and all work well together. I would read more by this author.
No. I kept thinking it would improve and didn't have another new book on hand. The lack of descriptive prose, given this was Cyprus, was unbelievable.
That it was set in Cyrpus. The characters, except for the southern american and the eccentric old woman, were boring and predictable.
not too awful
Given that I never watch tV because it is so banal, juvenile and boring, then yes. This would probably do nicely.
This read like a juvenile book. Makes some of Gerogette Heyer's romances seem positively Booker prize quality.
I did listen to the entire book as I have long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner. The reader was very good. That said, I felt that the last 1/3 of the book became just a tad predictable and not so interesting. The major issues of sexism, class divisiveness, etc. bode well, but then something happened. I also felt the husband was not portrayed as fully as he could have been. He wasn't developed enough as a character - or, perhaps this was the point.
I do not have any friends that would read this book as they tend to not read what the media continues to call "chick lit." While I do not agree with this labeling, I do understand their point. In Ms. Weiner's earlier books, the sharp humor and fast pace was very different from this book. I kept wanting a bit more and more descriptive prose.
I think the daughter, actually.
I was unhappy that I felt let down. I was sad that I felt compelled to read to the end because I had such high hopes for this book. I don't know what happened, but somehow the core got tangled. The overly long descriptions of the rehab place became tedious and repetitive.
N/A as I am visually impaired and cannot read in print.
The detective and his assistant. The way they play off each other is masterful and classic of the great duo sleuths throughout time. There is always that tease of a developing romantic interest.
Difficult to say. One would be the birthday dinner party Strike's sister gives him when he shows up with an unexpected date.
The drive when a near accident is averted ...`
I listened over the course of two days. It was riveting, but then I am a fan and loved the first book in this series.
The descriptive and atmospheric prose is wonderful. The portrayals of the diverse cast of characters rings true. If I had one negative to make, it would be that I skipped over the graphic descriptions of the murdered body. That was a bit too much for me.
No. I bought this one because I used to live on Nantucket and wanted to hear local color, etc. I had read some of Ms. Thayer's earlier books. This one was so cliche-riddent and predictable. I felt as if it could be a young adult book. There was almost no plot twists or originality in the development.
I will not read any more. There are very few american women authors I find as rewarding as the British writers. I could name them for you, but anyone who reads my reviews knows who they are and what I like.
This reader was very annoying. Her male voices, in particular, were alienating. Yet again, the male characters were so stereotypical and underdeveloped, she didn't have much to work with, did she?
A sadly disappointing book. I skipped about 1/4 after the half because it was already too obvious how it would end. And end as I predicted it did. Sad that the females were so darn stereotypical. The most interesting character in the book, Frances, was not given enough space. Also, almost nothing about Emily's parents.
A letdown on most fronts, even the descriptive prose.
Only one-third into this book, I was tweeting about it and telling friends. The story was captivating and the characters complex and interesting. Also, the historical aspects were brilliantly placed and informative.`
Perhaps the author's earlier book, Hypocrite int he Pouffy White Dress. Her style is her own, so comparisons are a bit meaningless.
The early years of the immigrant in lower Manhattan and the struggles to survive, succeed and thrive -- with humor.
I never answer this question because I think a novel is a novel and a film is a film It's a silly comparison.
This book made me laugh, think and cry a little, too. It was so rich in detail and characterization. I wanted to be there and be a friend to Lillian. I also thought the social commentary of this period of American history was so well done and thoughtful. I can only hope that Ms. Gilman is working on her next novel. I know I'll buy it.
Absolutely. More especially if the friend is as familiar with John Waters as I am . I do not think you have to be a John Waters fan to enjoy this book, but it does add to the narrative if you are familiar with the references.
The juxtaposition of real, good and bad trips. It goes without saying that the dark humor was stellar.
Having heard Mr. Waters before, it was almost cozy-felling to have him read his own tale. He is a good reader.
At one point, I was lying in bed while listening to this book and began to laugh out loud. Loudly. It cracked me up as well as making me sad for the sorry state of this country.
I don't like the notion of a book being a summer or beach read, but if pressed -- then this one would fit that bill. Hilarious.
The conciseness, prose and reality. The social commentary and intense descriptive prose of some very real, but difference, characters.
I cannot narrow it down to one single moment. There were many.
The easy tone and NOT over-emotionalism which is often the case with americans who read their own works.
Several, but I can say the most moving was when she went BACK on her travels to learn and explore more. Not staying insular in the USA.
I read this book by accident as I normally NEVER read any book that has been abridged. I am only sadder now that it was abridged. How much more enjoyable and pleasing the read would have been if it was read in its entirety.
Abridged books should be banned. My opinion, of course, but I want to read all that the author says and not have some other entity decide what to cut. Bad.
Yes, in the beginning, but then I lost interest and did not finish. The opening had so much promise, but then it faltered. Too much back history and not enough character development of the main character If she was so smart as a financial analyst, let us learn why she is so naive and stupid in her interpersonal relationships.
Mostly expected. Again, I did not read all the way because I like smart heroines to be smart heroines.
It was okay enough. I thought the voice used for the americans was pretty lame and shrill. The British voices were better performed.
I was sad that this book just petered out in a slow and boring way. There was so much promise in the beginning. I wish some of the peripheral characters had been more fully developed to add a richness to the plot and prose. Natalie was interesting, despite the set-up scenes, but ...
It stretches credibility that the main character would be so smart and yet she can't talk straight and then lets "the man" take over. This is not realistic or even pleasing to read. If you set a book up as having a smart woman, then follow through. The era of the stupid female must surely be almost over.
I am not an editor, but I wish the initial narrative lived up to the rest of the book. I did not finish this book. I read too much to ask for a return credit. I kept hoping it would pick up and develop, but it only got more boring as it went along.
I probably would, as I liked the descriptive prose of Majorca and travel in general. I just wish the main character had sustained the initial interest.
The reader was okay enough, given the lameness of the last half of the book. I wish it could have concentrated more on the main character's career and food, etc.
Not relevant. I do not watch movies.
I had very high hopes for this novel. I love novels that take place in other countries. I just fel that about halfway through, the author gave up or something and did not follow through with the character developments. Such good characters, too! It just was not adequately completed. I would have liked more about the gay couple, for example. It was hard to see why the older gay man even liked the married woman so much s she was pretty boring and unlikeable.
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