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The Family Fang Audiobook

The Family Fang

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Publisher's Summary

Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

When the lives they've built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance - their magnum opus - whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what's ultimately more important: their family or their art.

Filled with Kevin Wilson's endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.

©2011 Kevin Wilson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Family Fang sparkles with Kevin Wilson’s inventive dialogue and wonderfully rendered set-pieces that capture the surreal charm of the Fang’s most notable work. With this brilliant novel, the family Fang is destined to join the families Tenenbaum and Bluth as paragons of high dysfunction." (Amazon.com review; Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011)

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    Trish Virginia 09-05-12
    Trish Virginia 09-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Flat Ending . . ."

    The Family Fang is a book I couldn't wait to listen to--and basically I really enjoyed it. It has a totally original story, and the plot progresses nicely. And the narrator was excellent.

    The book revolves around a dysfunctional family, but in a funny, quirky, entertaining way. The ending, however, was very flat, and that always brings an otherwise "great" book down to "good" when it comes to my recommendations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 04-25-12
    Stephanie 04-25-12
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    "Unusual, fun story, great performance by Terese P!"
    Where does The Family Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In a class by itself, unusual story that I can actually see happening


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Annie and Buster over time


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Annie, but I liked them all


    If you could rename The Family Fang, what would you call it?

    Wow, that's tough. I think I would leave it as is


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the beginning part of the book best, kind of dragged in the middle, but ended well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Wiedenfeld 04-13-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Quirky"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book because it is so off the beaten track.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Fang?

    Listening to each escapade the family had.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed in the ending...needed to be elaborated upon more, I believe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 03-23-12
    Farrell 03-23-12

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "What's the point?"

    I kept waiting for the point. Just another story of dysfunction. One or two mildly amusing sections, however they were too few.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 03-05-12
    Donna 03-05-12 Member Since 2016

    Reader, Writer, Artist, Film-Lover, Cook, Knitter/Crocheter, Gardener, Cat Enthusiast, and Marketing Professional.

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    "The Family Fang - A Review"

    This is a story that had to grow on me. At first, I did not like it very much. I was reminded of Swamplandia by Karen Russell, in which all of the characters are eccentrics. I want a character or two to have traits and habits that are conventional. I guess about halfway through this novel, I became more interested, and that may be because a mystery surfaced. The resolution was on one hand surprising (related to Fang parents) and anticlimactic (related to children A and B).

    Therese Plummer is an amazing reader. I am impressed with her range of voices, especially male voices. I will look for other books read by her.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea AGUANGA, CA, United States 01-04-12
    Andrea AGUANGA, CA, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very original and unusual, but not engaging"

    I admired the imagination and creativity of the author, but found it hard to feel involved or even concerned with what happened. The characters were not appealing and the storyline felt rather absurd. I wish the author had tweaked both the characters and the plot slightly to help the reader feel like it was worth the effort to try to figure out what was going on. I found myself getting restless and switching to other books and then returning to this fanciful one before starting the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Boulder, CO, United States 11-22-11
    Thomas Boulder, CO, United States 11-22-11
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    "Lacks imagination"

    I sat through the first hour before turning it off. Here's what happens in the first hour. I'm not spoiling the plot because there isn't any. A mother shoplifts jelly beans from a candy store, has her daughter report her to the clerk, drops the jelly beans on the floor and has her son eat the jelly beans, and calls it "performance art." An actress is asked to do a topless scene in a movie and doesn't want to do it. A failed novelist writes a story for a men's magazine about guys who make potato guns. The characters, dialogue, and scenes are flat, dull, unimaginative...in a word, boring.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
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    "Just okay"

    It took me a while to get used to the narrators monotone. Not my favorite. The story was mostly depressing though it was slightly funny. I'd pass if I were you.

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    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 11-14-11
    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 11-14-11
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    "Mixed just right"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved humor sometimes a liitle sad, but other times laugh out loud funny. The narrator was perfect. She knew the characters well. The story was unique and interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Wilson again?

    I acctually checked to see if there were any other books he had written right after I finished The Fang Family. So the answer is definately.


    What didn’t you like about Therese Plummer’s performance?

    So perfect. She really knew her characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Family Fang?

    none


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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