©2000 Mary Karr; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.
"Energized by Karr's sharp wit, this tale of Texas adolescence reads like a fast-paced novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"As [Carr] takes on the risks of adolescence with a frightening bravado, you'll gasp at her survival - and perhaps your own." (AudioFile)
As one who grew up in the same era as Mary Karr (albeit not in East Texas), I loved this book and Ms. Karr's ability to resurrect memories of that time that I'd long forgotten. She also gets beneath the surface of what her characters are saying to reveal what they really mean. Unlike another reviewer, I found Ms. Karr's reading to be a benefit, not a detraction. Highly recommended.
The tough yet vulnerable narrator.
The narrator, see above.
No, I wanted to savor it.
One of few books read by the author of the book that I really enjoyed.
It doesn't surprise me that someone who likes The Fountainhead would not appreciate this book. The author describes her tween and teen years, with an emphasis on her developing relationships with friends and boys and the world around her. Her words are worldly yet unpretentious. On the other hand, Rand's wacky stuff is about the 'wisdom' of selfishness in a cruel fantasy world. This book is about a real, flawed, human being dealing with other real, flawed, human beings. And the author's voice is quite pleasant and engaging, to my ear!
I usually order books read by the author because it's a treat to know how the story sounds in their own heads, but maybe this is a book that was better off being enjoyed the traditional way. Mary's voice just cannot hold my attention, and in the hands of a talented actress, her story might have come alive.
Case in point, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand has a fantastic reader. I can listen to it for hours and had my player run out of battery a couple of times (It's almost 32 hours!) because I couldn't stop listening.
I hope I'll have the patience to finish listening to the book.
This audio book is at times gut wrenchingly painful in its descriptions of drug use and the ways it impacted her. The dark places people reside in hard drug use, and its inherent dangers. Poetical prose does not soften the blows of the experiences she lived in and eventually grew from. It does nothing short of amaze me that she can remember what it was like in deep drug induced states but then, she always had a notebook, so I imagine she somehow wrote it down. While no insights into the why's of her behavior are described I was able to extrapolate it from her descriptions of the bleakness she was trying to escape from. A dramatic end rings of hope she finds herself.
Don't think so.
I found her to be very monotone
I just found it very boring
May be for some people, but for me it sounded like just droning on with not much meaning.
Growing up in SE Texas in the 70-80's I can say that the author paints an accurate picture of her world. That picture was endearing to me. A fascinating look at the formative years of a brilliant girl growing up in a dysfunctional setting.
Karr's ability to take us back in time to an era where she and I grew up and came of age.
No, 1st time.
Can't say but her voice is provocative and sexy.
I am a MWM and his book was recommended by a female friend who us a Karr devotee.
As there are so many interesting books available (and so little time) this expedition into the nostalgic world of Mary Karr may be a one and done for me.
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