The power of the story didn't diminish throughout the series. I was just ready to move on. Highly recommend for young adults.
but overall, triumphant. I really like this author's willingness to take us where we don't want to go, and help us grow in spite of ourselves
We get CRAZY when it comes to our children, and the author gets that absolutely.
Fun and gutsy. She manages to make even very peculiar situations ring with a certain authenticity
...very skilfully done, showing the ease with which we miss the point with each other day in and day out
...I was just not in the mood. The narration matched the writer's style perfectly; almost un-inflected. Reminds me of Anthony Stevens' "A Dance to the Music of Time," which was similarly straightforward.
I almost stopped listening a few times, as at first it was so slow going. However, the reviews from critics and readers kept me going, and i'm so glad I did. Incredibly perceptive, courageous, and edge-of-the-seat gripping.
So satisfying in every way. A modern fairy tale, spun out so well it was hard to stop listening. Good narration too
What a wonderfully well written story, and a fine narrator. I find it refreshing when the narration is done simply, without changing the voice significantly for different characters. For me, this is much less distracting than a male making his voice light and high for female characters, and vice versa for a woman narrator. What a pleasure this book was, in every way. I will probably listen to it again some day.
I ultimately can't agree with the author's choice to have the main characters all keep deep secrets for each others' sakes. Spousal and child abuse leaves lasting scars. It is a learned behavior. For the author to gloss this over as a pleasing fiction by letting the characters keep pretending that it never happened perpetuates the cycle and ensures that the children who endured their father's craziness for years will in turn be abusers/abused. Same thing for the secret adulterous relationship and the pretense that the dead son was the innocent victim. "Knowledge of the worst does not necessarily liberate us from its consequences; nevertheless, it is preferable to ignorance." I hope that this wonderful author will expand these themes and allow her characters to grow up and hold each other as able to withstand bitter truths; not to bash each other over the heads with them, but as the path to true healing and freedom.
Several reviewers commented on the narrator's accent. Since I'm not British I don't know from correct accents, so it sounded great to me. I got hooked on Kate Atkinson after I read Life After Life, which I think was a work of genius.
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