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All My Puny Sorrows Audiobook

All My Puny Sorrows

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Publisher's Summary

Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married,) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.

©2014 Miriam Toews (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Mira 03-17-16
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    "Brilliant and beautiful"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Magnificent writing. Wonderful reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Grant 09-04-15
    Jamie Grant 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Would you assist your siblings suicide?"

    A sad, serious, humourous family's struggle with life, depression and suicide. thank you 4.5 stars

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    leckybang 04-23-15
    leckybang 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sad Story, Unforgettable Writing Voice"
    If you could sum up All My Puny Sorrows in three words, what would they be?

    A story you'll need to take a breather from every once and awhile as it confronts death and loss head on, but the writing voice will bring you back.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Miriam Toews is funny and honest about what it's like to be a woman, and she brings a sense of dry whimsy to her memories of her oppressive Mennonite upbringing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how Audible tries to use readers from the same area the writer is from. Erin Moon's voice acting was great. I would listen to another book featuring her as the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    flounderguts 02-11-15
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    "Really depressing story"

    Don't listen to this if you are prone to depression. It's super dark.

    However, it is masterfully written and very well performed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jjjjordan 05-23-16
    jjjjordan 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wanted to finish but just could not"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The writing was intermittently compelling, but as a whole I found the narratives and narration flat.


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    Amazon Customer 04-04-16
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    "Not my usual cup of tea."

    But I really liked it. I think the performance didn't quite hit the level of sarcasm present in the narrator's hyperbole, but that's maybe a subjective nitpick. The ending felt drawn out and it was a chore to finish. Totally worth it though. I'm a male with no siblings and this story punched me in the heart. The narration was incredibly sincere. Pretty great through and through.

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    r 03-17-16
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    "wow. hard story to hear but so well done."

    glad I finally got around to starting and I didn't know the outcome until the end.

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    lucien 03-08-16
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    "Complexity"

    Is one characteristic to describe a good wine. Like such, AMPS was layered in complexity of story lines, characters, present day, history, dreams and fantasies. All tied together to make you not want to stop. So concerned that I may have missed something, I found myself repeating chapters before moving on. Sad and joyful and inspiring at in one story.

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    Eric 02-24-16
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    "Exquisite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All My Puny Sorrows to be better than the print version?

    Typically I prefer the one I engage with first. It's sometimes shocking to hear how a narrator handles a book I've read. I hadn't imagined it his or her way. In this case, the narrator enhanced what was already a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the mother but her sister and both of her daughters were also beautifully drawn.


    What about Erin Moon’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Even the hospital staff was well and sometimes sympathetically voiced.


    Who was the most memorable character of All My Puny Sorrows and why?

    I can't think of anyone who isn't memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless solicited for advice, I usually don't recommend books. But I sent a few emails after finishing this one.

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    Nicole D 04-27-15
    Nicole D 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't live up to the hype"

    The book raised some thought provoking questions about death, suicide, and depression. However, overall, I felt it dragged, and I can't say that I I enjoyed the book. I didn't love the performance by the narrator - perhaps this was the intention of the author for her to speak slowly but it felt overdone to me. Too slow, too many pauses, too perfect articulation.

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    "Beautiful writing"

    A poignant, yet often witty story, with fine attention to detail. A gentle and absorbing listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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