Meet Macon Leary - a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.
©1986 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Not a character, including Macon's dog Edward, is untouched by delightful eccentricity in this charming story, full of surprises and wisdom. All of Tyler's novels are wonderful; this is her best yet." (Libarary Journal)
"Comic.... Sweetly perverse.... A novel animated by witty invention and lively personalities." (Time)
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I'm trying to figure out what it is. I mean, I loved the book, liked the movie. The audiobook? Where the hell did the charm go? I'm thinking the narration is at fault. Don't get me wrong. Being an Audible Addict, I have plenty of Joe Barrett, and he's brilliant in "Defiant" and "Roberts Ridge." He has the right stuff. But here, he turns a backwards, inside-out, unhappy man into a snappish man with a stick up his wazoo who has to have everything his way (rather than feeling that it would just be safer if things were done such and such way). And he makes people feel stupid. I just couldn't feel for him. Listening to the book, even when Macon's grandfather is discussed in explanation, isn't enough to up the care factor. His presentation throughout the book is exasperating, the love story isn't credible as delivered, and I'm feeling really, really disheartened right about now. Truly, I loved the book, like I said, was even fond of the movie. But I just can't give a rat's patoot about Macon here, and he's what the whole thing hinges on.
If you loved the book/movie, listen carefully to the sample. There's a bit of his coldness in there. I mean, can't he show Sarah some warmth, consideration? I don't hear any sort of this-is-just-the-way-I-think; I just hear hear a cold, self-absorbed man.
South TX, Padre Island, Seafood, Space X...Nuff' said!?
Maybe Ann Tyler, but I will try and avoid Joe Barrett. I am sure he is a decent narrator but not for this material especially the Muriel character. Kinda annoying.
The complex characters.
Not sure as this is my first audiobook
Sure! How about a follow up movie also.
While the book certainly expands on what was possible in a two hour movie, some of it seemed excessive and unnecessary. I especially disliked all the dream sequences. I know they were they to help explain some of the inner working of Macon's mind however, I found them distracting and not needed. Sometimes while listening to this in my car on the way home, I found my mind wandering and having to rewind the book several cycles. Was it because the book/story was uninteresting or was it because this is my first audiobook and I needed to train my mind to listen? I really think I enjoyed the movie better. Here's hoping that my next audiobook is better.
No! He made the main female character, Muriel, sound like Jerry Lewis in one of his comedies. I can't imagine any man finding this woman alluring with the interpretation he gives her. Geena Davis did a far better performance in the film.
It's interesting that Muriel was portrayed much more sympathetically in the film and Kathleen Turner came off badly. In the book she's a bit more likable, and the book also fleshes out a lot of Macon's feelings (such as they are.) I would recommend the film over a reading of the novel, however. It's still a fine story with amusing characters.
I had read this novel many years ago and loved it. It had been my first Anne Tyler novel. Listening to this now, I was disappointed throughout the first half. The characters were quirky, almost typical Anne Tyler characters, but the freshness of the experience was gone for me. This is the story of Macon, an odd, finicky man dealing with the demise of his marriage after the tragic death of his son. When Macon meets Muriel, an unlikely mate, his life begins to change in big ways. Halfway through the novel, the characters became alive to me, and I loved the second half of the book. It was hard to rate this, as the first half is a basic 3 star novel, but the second half was a 5 star story which kept me glued to my iPod. This does not feel dated, and I recommend it to anyone who likes Anne Tyler or quirky middle-aged romances.
in the middle
the characters and how they change
The main character is named Macon. The reader constantly pronounces it Mee con or meegun. it sounds as if he is saying megan. I find it really annoying.
This is a great book. I read it years ago and later saw the movie version. it is funny and charming and the characters are rounded out and believable. I am not enjoying the audible version as much as I had hoped.
I listened to all of the book, but was glad when it was over. This book just bounced around too often without keeping my interest.
Trying to live up to my name! Pamela - Sweet as Honey!
At first it was kind of hard to continue to listen to this man's OCD ways but they became increasingly funny and familiar little bit of an experience with the person in my own life I really enjoyed this book!
Say something about yourself! Author of Deadly Lust, Deadly Charm and Graceland Express.
Anne Tyler creates wonderful off-beat characters who are totally believable and places them in real-life delimmas
Muriel the dog trainer . Though she and Megan are both from Baltimore, she is from a cultural background that contrasts poignantly with his.
Joe Barrett renders the character's voices in a way that distinguishes each one.
Thisbook's multi-layered story is a treat to be savored again and again.
As with all Anne Tyler's works, this book makees you feel you have shared her charscter's lives. Also, she makes the city of Baltimore an integral part of the story.
Although I've enjoyed Joe Barrett before he was the wrong choice for this book. His pronunciation Macon always sounded like Megan to me. His female voices were tragic.
I found myself not liking the Miriam character because of the voice given her by the reader. I kept picturing the words on a page and seeing if that would've been the tone I assigned her. It wasn't. And yet I cheered for her throughout notwithstanding the harsh correction of Edward when he threatened to bite. But I suppose that technique was popular in the decade this book was written.
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