I had great hopes for this title because I enjoyed Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper" so much. I've not been able to finish listening because of the over use of figurative language that bogs down the story(memories that rise like mermaids from the ocean, fear like crows on a highline wire, etc.). The plot and characters seem interesting, but unless you're willing to hear every event and emotion related figuratively, pass on this title. I'm not kidding. Some sentences have 2 or 3 similes or metaphors to express a single thought or event. After the first 100 or so similes, each additional one felt like a firecracker exploding in my head and my jaw tightened like a vice and my teeth ground together like grindstones pulverizing the last of the season's wheat crop. Sorry. You get the point.
If you are looking for a lot of action, this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy insightful character analyes and touching stories, this is your book. Doctorow and Morey humanize these quirky Collyer fellows in a great way.
I am 3 CDs into the book and must give up. The piercing, screechy voice stabs ice picks through my ear drums. I will just need to read the book because I cannot stand to listen to another minute of this narrator.
Excellent story and history lesson. Engrossing characters.
This book shows you how to get your own life back by giving of yourself.
I loved these characters. They draw the listener in and they become real. Cunningham received raves for The Hours, but this story and these characters are much more accessible and endearing.
I don't believe we needed this author to point out that first impressions are sometimes correct. I was hoping for something more practical - how to capitalize on those sudden moments of insight would have been good. Save your money.
The full cast with their distinctive voices really add to this book. It's a complex book, but definitely worth the effort.
My Sister's Keeper is still my favorite from this author, but Vanishing Acts is a close second. The characters are realistic, and the plot is engrossing and thought provoking. The full cast reading is a huge bonus too -- far superior to one reader attempting voice variation to represent different characters.
This book raises compelling questions of medical ethics mixed with the challenges of parenting. The characters could be the people next door, complex and very real.
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