The excellent narration brought the individual characters to life. I could picture each of the exchanges in emails and encounters as if they were a movie in my head. Reading this book by myself would never have been so entertaining, even though the writing is perfectly crisp and the story line is really funny. I bought this book without knowing anything about it and look forward to my daily walks just to get further along in the story.
Without spoiling anything, the scene where the entire hillside of Bernadette's house slips down to crush her neighbor's durning a fundraiser for their children's school. Who knew that blackberry vines could be the only thing holding up a hillside?
Bernadette! You have to listen to her, especially in the email to her former professor in LA. Just buy this book! It is so entertaining!
The narrators did an excellent job with all of the characters. It was a joy to listen to, but draining in that not enough good happened to balance the abundance of misery. But, I think perhaps that was the point.
Unsettled. But the author's note at the end explains that she couldn't take the story any other place when she was writing it. And that makes sense.
This book needs to be listened to rather than read. It is so vivid with the characters' voices that despite one depressing event after another I was unable to walk away from it. Their performance brings it all to life. In that respect, it reminded me of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" and "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hr Book Store" (although definitely not as light-hearted). It was a 'must listen' rather than a 'must read.'
There were so many that it was an emotional roller coaster. I wanted it to have some brighter moments, some real victories for the characters against the brutality of the beast that owned them. But perhaps was the point - to illustrate what a horrific situation this period in history was for so many.
This book was really well done as an Audible book, but I was frustrated with the protagonists' inability to manipulate the awful situation to any advantage and then unable to leave it unfinished because I had to know what happened. So, that makes it a good book, (even if it made me itchy listening to it) and I won't forget it for a long time.
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