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Ordinary People | [Judith Guest]

Ordinary People

Here is the heart-wrenching book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie. Cal and Beth Jarrett are ordinary people: a happy couple living with grocery bills, taxes, barbeque dinners, and orthodontist appointments for their two sons. But when a terrible accident takes the life of one son, their lives begin to fall apart. This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - and the lengths they will go to put their lives together again.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is the heart-wrenching book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie. Cal and Beth Jarrett are ordinary people: a happy couple living with grocery bills, taxes, barbeque dinners, and orthodontist appointments for their two sons. But when a terrible accident takes the life of one son, their lives begin to fall apart. This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - and the lengths they will go to put their lives together again.

©1976 Judith Guest (P)1985 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Emma Navigators, Australia 03-22-11
    Emma Navigators, Australia 03-22-11
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    "A beautiful book"

    I saw the movie 'Ordinary People' and thought I'd like to listen to the book it is based on. This is a beautiful book - very moving and sensitive and also really interesting and character driven. Although it is set in the late 60's the book hasn't dated much at all, it still has a very contemporary feel. The narrator is excellent. A great listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RobJD 07-04-15
    RobJD 07-04-15
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    "Excellent!"

    Well written, well read and well visioned. Saw the movie and read the book. I loved both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GinnyLee 11-26-14
    GinnyLee 11-26-14
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    "Too slow."
    Would you try another book from Judith Guest and/or Aviva Skell?

    The book is very slow and the narration almost put me to sleep. The movie was much better. I expected more because the books are always supposed to be better than the movies. But not this one.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Better narration.


    What didn’t you like about Aviva Skell’s performance?

    Too monotone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 01-26-12
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 01-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "good story, narrator could have been better"

    I enjoyed the story. But I had a hard time, sometimes, figuring out who was speaking. The narrator made little to no effort to create individual voices for the characters, so sometimes when there were conversations between the characters, it was difficult to follow who was saying what.
    The characters were honest and interesting, and I really felt for Conrad, the central character of the story.
    Despite the narrator, I enjoyed listening to this book -- I couldn't wait to hear how everything turned out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renata R Chicago 12-06-12
    Renata R Chicago 12-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Weird Ending"
    What disappointed you about Ordinary People?

    It ended like a bad movie that ends all of a sudden. A couple of hours into it I lost interest and purchased a new book. I only went back to it because I was out of audiobooks and a it was the only one I had.


    Has Ordinary People turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It did not have anything too exciting about. Just like the title, it was just plain and ordinary.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was just OK. Not the type of book that I would be interested in listening to again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    9/29/14
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    "Superb study of manners"

    Its impossible not to compare books with their film counterparts. This is a case in point. They are both excellent and the film is very faithful to the book. There are small differences in order of events and their portrayal. But if you liked the film you should appreciate the book too. Good reading but sometimes a little annoying in the knowing way she speaks of teenage life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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