Jane Smiley's talent for creating emotionally gripping tales of family relationships was celebrated when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for A Thousand Acres. In Duplicate Keys, she displays her flair for creating a haunting mystery.
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"A first-rate cliffhanger." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sharp and memorable....Finely wrought." (Newsday)
"As taut and chilling as anything Hitchcock put on film." (San Francisco Chronicle)
I was excited to see this book on Audible because I have heard much praise for Jane Smiley's writing. However, I was very disappointed in this novel. The main character of Alice Ellis's naivete bordered on imbecility, which often made the character and her actions, or lack thereof, unbelieveable. The long psychological descriptions, which often changed Alice's mental state from paragraph to paragraph, were also frustrating as this fluctuation of character made it hard to care about what happened to her.
Yes I would, I have read A Thousand Acres and I loved it.
It took a while to get over the overly childish voice and narration of Ruth Ann Phimister.
Jane Smiley's talent to describe people and places made the book and the simple plot of it very enjoyable.
At the beaches at last
I love Jane Smiley, but I don't love this book. Jane tries to combine family dynamics with a murder mystery and she doesn't succeed here. Characters are developed, but don't seem to evolve. And, the mystery drags on and on and on.
This book has been difficult to listen to. There is virtually no story line. Despite the fact that is started with quite well and promised to be exciting, it fizzled out like a damp squid. I believe the reader is bored too because her voice became a constant drone. Very disappointing
The only Jane Smiley I knew was her Thousand Acres. At first I was disappointed, but couldn't stop listening. Beautifully written of course, and in the end I find myself liking the author tremendously and grateful for all the surprising reflections that floated past me. The reading must have been very good as I didn't notice that there was anyone between me and the text!
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