Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.
This One is Mine is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more - and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.
©2008 Maria Semple (P)2013 Hachette
The narration was not strong. She didn't always have the right tone or reflection, which was awkward at times. She also did not know how to pronounce some words which was highly annoying.
Violet and David's relationship
David the husband. He had intelligence and depth and some unique skills which, along with some synchronicity, allowed him to be in a position of privilege. During the novel, he went through some surprising twists and turns.
There were many. I enjoyed the way Violet and David's daughter Dot interacted in some surprisingly funny ways. i enjoyed the scenes before Sally's wedding because so many participants had secret/other agendas during the event. I enjoyed the scenes where David attended the yoga retreat.
Sally, David's sister, was memorable for her self-centered and clueless interactions early on, and Teddy because he was full of surprises.
I am surprised I liked this so much. It was engaging, kept my attention, and I liked
the locale (California, the socioeconomic differences (rich and privileged to desperately poor), and the self-absorption (but capable of change) of the characters. The ending was surprising to me, but I'm glad it was.
This was the worst narration I have ever heard. Liked the story, but the narrator's French pronunciations were SOOOO bad and annoying that I had to quit listening and go to the library and get the book to finish it.
Yes - engaging and light, social parody
I am writing this review because of the reader - please at least learn to pronounce the words you are reading. Totally distracting. This is supposed to be an educated upper class narrator and the mispronunciations were like nails on a black board.
I enjoyed the story
The main character is supposed to be worldly and fluent in different languages, but this reader has no clue! It was annoying to hear "tarte tatin" (tart ta-tan) pronounced as (tart TAY-tin)
I am a social worker, love running & an insatiable reader. Son 2nd year @Harvard. Daughter in 10th grade. A+ husband (23yrs)LIFE=BLESSED!
Simple did a tremendous job showing us we are all human, & NO two journeys are the same.
We stumble, pick ourselves up, dust off and hold we grew insight and enough strength not to repeat our indiscretions. Sometimes, like expressed in a main character in this novel, we live the definition of insanity ( repeating the same thing over and over, and getting the same negative result.). Sometimes it takes some of us a little longer to figure this out. Every character in this book is authentic and ( like all of us ) an imperfect human being, searching for love, connections, and validation of their worth. That life is a journey of progress and learning, asking for forgiveness and forgiving. As long as keep moving forward, and looking for progress not perfection we're on the right path.
I didn't think I'd Like it at first and contemplated quitting. I kept going and got into story but some of it was a little too graphic with the affair. the end came too soon!! I didn't realize that was the poem til halfway through the ending. I longed for more!!
A little more detailed and dark than I expected after Bernadette. Well written and performed. I definitely needed headphones for a few parts with slightly lewd language however I couldn't turn it off and I had to know how the lead would fair.
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. My only complaint is her mispronunciation of hermès, which drove me absolutely insane.
Nobody. I suggest they read her other book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette which was funny and engaging. I loved Bernadette and her daughter B
All the characters were shallow and elf-serving (especially Sally)
The narrator needs to study French words, she mispronounced "tarte tatin" and Hermes
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