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  • The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
    "Pretentious story with extremely annoying narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Claire Messud and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    I would maybe try another book from this narrator in ten years or so. This felt like a writing program thesis project rather than a work from the soul. It reminded me a bit of Ian McEwan and not in a good way. I would emphatically avoid another book from this narrator because her delivery is painfully slow and deliberate and annoying. I found myself trying to think what would make a person linger so long on the last letter of every word instead of listening to the story.


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