Twenty-one-year-old narcoleptic Angel Duet knows her father harbors secrets. He loves and protects her, but his suspicious refusal to discuss her mother's death drives Angel to worship an image created from the little history she does have: her father's sketchy stories and her mother's treasured photography, studies of clouds that have hung in the their foyer for more than 20 years.
When her father's girlfriend moves in, the photographs come down, and Angel's search for truth becomes an obsession. As she struggles to uncover the past and gain control over the narcolepsy that often fogs her world, Angel descends into a dizzying realm of drugs, adultery, and confused desire that further obscures reality.
As Angel begins to expose a history she could never have imagined, she discovers her entire life has been anchored around lies. Accepting the truth, once found, is the key to understanding herself, her family, and her life. To truly awaken, Angel must realize that sometimes the gifts we receive are not what we want - and only in time do we see their worth.
©2008 Penelope Przekop (P)2013 Penelope Przekop
The narration was excellent! The narrator really brought the story to life without sounding corny or rehearsed. It helped me connect with each character as I was listening.
Personally, I would not compare this novel to any other books I have read. Aberrations is a very unique novel and I have not read any other like it.
I like that she really gave the characters personality. She changed voices and tones depending on which character was speaking. She was dynamic without being too drastic. She spoke steadily, clearly, and at a good pace.
I was not able to listen to it in all one sitting, but I think I could have. It would be wonderful for a long car trip or flight because it is entertaining enough that I could listen to it all in one go. The story kept me wondering what would happen next!
On the actual novel itself, I have to say that Penelope did an amazing job. The way she uses words to paint a picture for the audience is incredible. It got me emotionally vested in the story, and I felt I could actually feel what the main character was feeling. The story is unique but easy to relate to all at the same time.
I really liked the story but I think that the narrator's performance truly brought it to life.
I think that its a tie between Tim and Mac. Both of them were always there for Angel regardless of the situation. Mac was steadfast and dependable. Tim was the funny, easy going and realistic. They were so different from each other but they each had their own endearing qualities.
I loved how Rebecca Roberts brought Angel's character to life. She really captured her essence and southern charm. Every emotion Angel felt was conveyed so precisely through Rebecca's performance. It added a whole new level to the book.
I didn't listen to it in one sitting but I probably could have if I had the time. The pace was good and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.
I thought this was a really unique premise for a novel and I liked it. Learning about Angel's narcolepsy was fascinating.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. It is unbiased and my own opinion.
No. I was a bit confused by this one. The book is beautifully written and the characters are quirky and well drawn. But somehow the story never quite grabbed me. I did listen to the end, but mostly because the narration was flawless and Rebecca Roberts managed to keep me engaged enough to want to know what happens.
No. For the above reasons
Without Ms Roberts I would have given up on the story.
Carla, the step mother of the main character. She was the only one I actually identified with.
This book just misses. It's a shame. However, I suspect this might just be me and I would be interested to know what other people thought.
I normally am into different types of books but it was the narration that really drew me in. Very good story! I will be checking out other books by this narrator
Life is hard when your mother dies when you're a baby. Life is hard when nearly everybody thinks you're weird. life is hard when your dad moves his lady into your house, and she is the hag from hell. But when you have narcolepsy, it's all worse. Nobody wants to believe you. It seems that nobody really loves you, and you go on to make the kinds of mistakes that people without narcolepsy make. Compassionately written, but real, not soupy. Think of this as a wake-up call.
RR shows how good an audio performer can be when fully engaged in the work being interpreted. Congratulations on a good pairing of story and audio performer.
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