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Mimi B.

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  • How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Evan had a hit single, but that was 10 years ago. Thirty-one now, hes drifting, playing in a local band and teaching middle-aged men to coax music from an electric guitar. Now, 14 years later, he experiences unplanned parenthood when he undertakes to raise the resentful teenage son hes never known. Off beat and disarming, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets portrays a contemporary American family with unfailing honesty.

    M. Broeske says: "Pretty bad...considering the author's other work"
    "Pretty bad...considering the author's other work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, the story was so bad that the narrator didn't stand a chance.


    What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

    By the middle of the book, all of the characters were quite pathetic and not very like-able, including Evan. By the end, there was no one you were siding with or even rooting for. I just wanted it to end, And don't get me wrong, I love a good pathetic character (Christopher Moore books at full of them), but you have to make them like-able and want them to triumph. Garth Stein spent most of his energy describing (over-describing) the Seattle music scene, which seemed to be more interesting to him than his characters. Same with the over-indulgence of epilepsy descriptions.
    Just to note, if Evan's epilepsy is such a big secret, then how does everyone not notice his medical ID bracelet. Trust me, I had to wear one, everyone can see it and know it's not jewelry. This is just one example (of many) that makes the story so thin that only extremely good characters could overcome the weakness. And that just didn't happen here.


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

    even, clear and articulate


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really...


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