I would with the caveat that this is not a plot driven novel although it revolves around the mysterious death of a teenage girl. It's a character driven novel that examines in minute detail, and with lovely language, the dynamics within a mixed race family of five. It's mostly about what happens when parents project their own failed aspirations onto their children.
Cassandra is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is buttery and smooth. I could listen to her recite the phonebook! Although other narrators have a more dramatic range hers is more subtle and highly effective.
Sue Miller is very skilled at drawing characters so you know them intimately. She's also excellent at physical description. But if you need a strong plotline you will be disappointed with this book. I also found the ending a bit frustrating.
Only if I was in the mood for a very intense character driven novel
This is my first Sue Miller performance but I think she did a good job in making all the characters sound different.
I love the idea behind the book, the idea that grief can be processed through reading. What a wonderful accomplishment and inspiration. Excellent weaving of personal stories with books read.
I don't think this book had a really "memorable moment." It was all very even and memorable.
No I've never heard Marlo before but I would definitely look for her again. Her voice is clear and lovely, perfectly modulated.
It made me want to read a book a day for a year!
I found the details of Buddha's early life to be the most interesting part of the story. I found the ending to be the least interesting because once his philosophy was established some of the nuances were confusing.
She has a pleasant voice and says all the Asian names accurately, as far I know anyway
It inspired me to read another book about Buddha
I think Nicole could definitely assume a career as a narrator.
Nicole certainly brought her acting ability to bear when reading this book. She is terrific, especially when assuming the voice of her Italian grandmother and mother.
If this book were a movie a lot of changes would have to be made because there isn't a strong enough character arc. I was hoping the book would take me on a journey from sight to blindness, and it didn't really do that.
I liked the descriptions of the female inmates and their ability to bond despite very different circumstances. I liked Piper herself who comes off as very low-key and friendly without being a pushover. My main problem with the book is the sense that prison comes off as almost too good and such an easy transition for her.
I haven't heard Campbell before but she's good. Her range of voices -- from Russian-born to Jamaican -- is very impressive. Her reading of Piper herself is just okay, a bit flat. But she compensates by doing such a great job with the rest.
Well I guess this question is irrelevant now.
The reading of this book was absolutely first-rate. Delaine read all the characters from a 12-year-old boy to older women, even one minor character with a Scottish accent, superbly.
Korelitz is very skilled in sketching out her characters and their environs.
Reading this novel is like following a trail scattered with breadcrumbs. At first you admire the view and easy of passage, but then you start to get annoyed that it's so easy and that there are no twists and turns.
Yes, thanks to the reading.
Her inflection and emphasis is perfect because she knows this material so well.
No, there's way too much information to be absorbed at once. This a book that can be better appreciated by listening intermittently.
Jennifer Senior has a husky voice which made me initially think she suffered from a cold. In the beginning I found her somewhat hard to understand, but I got used to her cadence and felt ultimately her knowledge of the material made her the best reader possible.
No. If I read something else about the case I would pick a book written by a third party.. For example, Smart refers to but then does not describe certain sexual acts her assailant made her watch and/or undergo. While such a description may not in and of themselves be necessary to describe their omission gives her story a less than fully authentic feel. Also, I found annoying certain attempts at black humor. Yet overall, her story is so compelling and her writing and reading of this book is truly brave.
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