I thought this was a magical, beautifully written book-- I found it engrossing. Karen Russell is clearly extraordinarily talented.
Regarding the narrator: At first I was also put off by her voice and tone, but I quickly got over it. For me, the narration definitely did not ruin the book. As most of the book is written in the voice of a 14 year old girl, the narrator was probably an appropriate choice, even though I didn't love her performance.
I don't know how I actually managed to listen to the whole thing. The narration was almost unbearably irritating-- affected and snobby sounding. I didn't care much about the characters. Though it picked up a little toward the end, generally speaking I was quite disappointed (esp having read a few good reviews).
I so enjoyed this book. Sittenfeld has done an amazing job creating the characters, especially Alice. The story is unflinchingly honest and I got totally pulled into the world the author creates: the family, the struggles of this woman as a wife and mother. What a treat to read a story, and to get to know a character, so fully developed as this.
For me, this book was all about the narration. Bobby Cannavale really brings this book to life and gives the story a true New York feel (as a New Yorker I appreciate the care and authenticity of his accents, inflections, tone, and style). The book was enjoyable enough I guess, but I didn't feel a great sense of drama or tension as it unfolded-- maybe because we (the reader) knows who the culprit is from the beginning. I didn't care a great deal about any of the characters. To me it felt mostly like a great portrait of New York and the Lower East Side, but not really a riveting mystery or crime drama.
I thoroughly enjoyed this-- the experience was greatly enhanced by the narration, which was truly outstanding. Great characters & portrait of marriage, family life, the personal and political.
An incredible, moving book. A gripping story, beautifully told. I can't believe it took me this long to read (listen) to it! One of the best books I have read in a long time.
Very entertaining, appealing characters. I found the ending to be a bit of a let down. I don't usually read these kind of books, but I definitely enjoyed this.
This is a fantastic book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. I stayed up late far too many nights listening to this-- the characters pulled me in, and their intertwining narratives kept me interested. The narrators were fantastic and really added to the experience. I highly recommend this, I think it is an exceptional work of modern fiction.
Loved this! Beautifully written, well read, and very entertaining. Perfect for anyone who loves to cook, eat, or is interested in the New York City restaurant scene. Highly recommended.
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