I was very excited after reading other people's reviews and thought I was in for something great. That never happened - in fact I struggled through the first couple of hours and finally cut my losses and stopped listening. This book is boring and not funny.
I like this book because its fresh and it covers the topic of adultery with real emotion and humor. I think cheating on your spouse is wrong, but I found myself sympathizing with the lead mom. I like that the author shows her flaws as well as those of other moms in the neighborhood who seem to have everything going for them.
The book has suspense with a strange happening towards the end. I didn't expect that, but the author did a good job tying it into the story.
The narration is done so well. I wish more audio books were like this one!
I must have unrealistic expectations based on other reviews I've seen because this book is boring. The story is predictable and in my opinion follows the typical stereotypes of jocks and geeks we've seen over and over.
When I heard that the author spent months visiting college towns all over the country to get into the mindset of young students, I couldn't believe this book was the result of such intense research. I cringe out of embarrassment that the author thinks he captured the feelings and behaviors of an 18 year old.
This is a great book about the debate of how far a person should go to save another life. I like that the author doesn't really pick a side but rather shows the various motivations and feelings of her characters. That makes them more real and its hard not to think about what I would do in this situation.
The only thing I didn't care for in this book is the love story between the lawyer and Anna's legal representative. That was too corny for my taste.
I thought the best part of this audio book is how beautiful the writing is. Luckily the narration is great or I might not have picked up on it (or been too annoyed to notice).
The story is fascinating and makes you wonder about the 5 people in your life.
I highly recommend listening to this one. I rarely come across an audio book that has all three of the right elements: Excellent narration, compelling plot and characters, and the ability to make me not want to stop listening!
I especially found the recent historical events (like the Taliban) an interesting and authentic part of the story.
I very much enjoyed this audio book. What I like best is the richness of the story. The author does an excellent job connecting readers to her characters. I didn't want the story to end!
I have to admit it took a while to get used to the narrator. She happens to be one of the best actresses around but I thought she did a mediocre job at narrating. Once I got used to her style, I was able to tune out the "stiffness" of her voice and concentrate on the story.
I would love to see a follow-on to this book, maybe Lucia's life after her 20's??
I enjoyed almost every minute of this audio book. The narrator is excellent. She makes you believe she's from 19th century England.
The suspense is great and keeps you wanting to listen. But beware - the ending is bland. But its still worth a listen.
David Sedaris is an excellent story teller. He did a very good job narrating his own book, which is always a risk as this doesn't always work out well for authors. I very much enjoyed his book.
The reason I rated this a 4 and not a 5 is the really long comedy show near the end of the book. It threw me off track as it feels like I'm smack in the middle of a late-night comedy show (complete with drunken laughs and hoots). I wonder if they wanted to add more time to the audio as it takes up almost an hour of it!
I like this book because it was a unique story. I was drawn to the idea that ghosts stay around their loved ones, just sort of watching life. The reader does an excellent job and makes it an easy listen.
The only thing I wish the author did is add some revenge against the main character's murderer. If she had added this, I would have rated this audio book higher.
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