The main character, Darcy, is a vapid, narcissistic New Yorker -- we get that. She's hard enough to like, never mind tolerate. But the narrator's over-dramatization of the whining, and the gloating and the self-important tone are almost unbearable and detract from whatever depth the character might have if the reader could just let her actions speak louder than words.
I really enjoyed "Where We Belong," Giffin's most recent book--it had more depth. I would never have guessed the same author wrote both these books/
Two-thirds of the way through the book I began to enjoy the story, once Darcy became a better, more tolerable character.
It's amazing how much a narrator can affect your perception of a book. I often wonder if I would feel differently if I were reading and deducing the character's voice for myself. I could see this book being a fun but mindless beach read, but the narrator really ruined it for me. A stupid thing that grated me was she would pronounce the word "lived" like "l-y-ved" as if it sounded more pretentious or something. I'm going to listen to the sample from now on!!!
Like previous reviewers said, this is a story about loneliness and friendship. At first I wasn't sure I could stick with such a sad character but it was a great listen through to the end. Good narrators, too. Definitely worth a listen.
Always blown away when a female author can write from a first-person, male point of view. This beautiful, subtle story about family and tragedy and the nuances of familial love and the complexity of marriage is a rare, delicious find. Also love the sense of place -- like spending time in Hawaii ... I never wanted to leave! Kaui Hart Hemmings is the first writer I've found in a long time that I want to see more from. She's outstanding.
I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with all the characters and I didn't want the story to end.
It's rare to have a narrator who is so honest, authentic, raw and real. Love love loved her.
The interaction between Sarah and Kit was extraordinary--I loved the confusion of emotions that flashed between them but also the true love.
Can't wait for Kaui Hemming's next book -- she is a brilliant writer.
Great writing, great story,and a cast of wonderfully disturbing characters. Narrator was great, too. Best book I've listened to in a while.
I loved the premise for this story and the irony inherent in a marriage counselor whose husband ends up being a murderous adulterer. Also always fun to see a perfect character get dragged through the mud. Some sections of the book were slow, though. The plot was so good you just wanted to get back to it whenever the story deviated to background.
Overall, a fun story to listen to. There's a lot of reference to that Upper East Side lifestyle we've all seen a million times, so that part gets a little tedious as its very unoriginal but the plot is fun. There were times I wished it moved a little faster, but she did have me hooked enough to want to know what happens.
I have read/listened to a lot of Jennifer Weiner's books and she is an amazing talent, but after so many books her themes start to get a little repetitive: the Jewish mother, Philadelphia, fat girls, girls with some kind of deformity, Princeton, etc. I know this was supposed to be a sequel to "Good in Bed" and while the characters were well-rounded, the plot was so slow it took a lot of patience to make it to the last third of the book when something finally happens.
A weak plot with too much character development and background and not enough action. Jennifer Weiner loves to delve into the life story of all of her characters, and that can get tedious sometimes. This book moves painfully slow, like a long trip in the car.
I didn't love either character. Joy was probably more fun in terms of her misadventures but she also had a lot of behavior and wisdom not believable for a 13 year old. And Cannie was annoyingly stiff and conservative considering where she came from. You would think she'd be able to meet her daughter halfway without having her run away from home before she conceded to buying her a damn dress.
I do love Jennifer Weiner's writing but after listening to a few of her more recent books, they're starting to all sound the same with themes obviously borrowed from Weiner's own life being used over and over again.
Maybe try the abridged version...?
This was a light listen but a lot of fun. Anyone who has been to Sayulita or learned to suf will appreciate this book. And who hasn't thought about dropping everything after a breakup and running away to a little beach town in Mexico? Really entertaining and fun,
At first I hated the main character of this book and had a hard time listening. Then I realized there was a sort of self-depracating humor about the character that becomes more apparent as the book progresses, that the whole story is making fun of what a Yoga Teacher typically represents -- a lot of contradictions at the very least. Fun to have a male protagonist who is somewhat exploited. In the end, it was an enjoyable, funny, and somewhat illuminating book.
Llke so many other wildly popular series, Bridget Jones should have quit while she was ahead and let us remember her as a relatable singleton. Bridget Jones as a widow is almost too painful to contemplate and beyond awkward. Hard not to imagine the actors in the movies, as if often the case with best sellers turned Major Motion Picture. But I really wish they would have left this one alone ... sort of sad to end it on such a weak note.
I love this author and narrator team and have listened to other novels they've teamed up on. Moriarty has a knack for coming up with these wildly creative and original premises for her novels and this one is no different. Wonderful characters and compelling stories make all her books a joy to listen to. I want more!
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