I bought this in a rush, having heard about the book and movie for forever but needing a long book quickly, so didn't look at the reviews. The narration is pitiful! I can only add a chorus to what everyone else has said. I am 6 hours into it and do not know if I will be able to finish it. The speaker is a continuous, monumental irritation.
Beautiful writing, suspenseful in a quiet way, richly formed characters, and a disquieting, dystopian world that makes your sick crawl. Claire Danes performance is spot on.
For Pete's sake, people, Lavinia had to be the thickest main character in any book I've ever read. It's a good thing I was listening to this book because I might have destroyed an actual book after a multitude of across-the-room hurlings. Lavinia becomes denser and denser as times moves on and her naivete/disingenuousness (the most kind way of putting it) is not to be believed. She is an absolute dunce, obviously not observing anything around her and becoming more and more helpless (if that's possible) with time, never learning from her own experiences or those of others. Why people continued to love and forgive her was beyond my comprehension.
This book could have been so much better by giving her just a bit of common sense and intelligence. The fact that the characters had the entire book to reveal the secret, but never did, was a source of frustration for me. I was hoping to enjoy this book, as it's a departure from my usual, but after the first half of the book, I became increasingly disgusted with the trajectory of the characters and the story.
The narration of the book--excellent.
BTW, I loved The Help, so it's not the genre with which I'm having a problem.
This was my first Jennifer Crusie novel and it was very different than the type of book I usually read/listen to. As such, it was a bit "fluffier" but it was nice to not have rewind all the time for things I might have missed. The story was amusing and the pace was good. The narrator did a pretty good job, but some of her attempts at men's voices were distracting and didn't seem to match the mood of the book at the time. All in all, though, I'd pick up another of Ms Crusie's books for a break in my more laborious reading.
This was a very different type of book for me to read, and it was a delight. I normally listen to my books when I'm traveling on the road for an hour or two, but I found myself listening to this as I drove around town. It's engaging, and the perspective and plot execution is novel. The narrator was spot on; kudos to him for imbuing our protagonist with humor, insight, puzzlement, and wonder. This is a tear-jerker, but in the nicest way possible. Do not let preconceived notions deter you from trying out this book!
A good listen, kept me interested, but the ending was so far fetched that it rather spoiled the book for me. I would not recommend it for that reason.
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