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Knoxville, Tunisia
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  • I Know This Much Is True

  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Ken Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Douglas on 03-20-08

Big fan of Wally Lamb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-13

What did you love best about I Know This Much Is True?

I find Wally Lamb's writing to be honest, real, and gripping.

What did you like best about this story?

I couldn't stop listening.

What about Ken Howard’s performance did you like?

Excellent delivery.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each step in the process of realizing that Dom wasn't so different from his twin after all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,042
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,382
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,425

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

No redeeming social value in any characters

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-13

What would have made The Casual Vacancy better?

I am sure J. K. Rowling loved writing a book that is the antithesis of the Harry Potter series. I had heard the book was not good and told not to bother; however, I seldom listen to others, so I forged ahead. I found the entire book to be depressing, and simply could not find any character who really showed the good in humankind. Guess I am old fashioned enough to need a protagonist with some virtues. I found only antigonists in this example of finding only the worst in human nature - selfish, self-absorbed characters, setting poor examples for their offspring, and never getting beyond meeting their own basic needs in their journey through life. No self-actualization here, at least not in the best sense of the word!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Jodi Picoult

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Hollander?

No opinion

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

Nope

Any additional comments?

I think I've written enough! Except that I know I live in Knoxville, but it's a far cry from Tunisia!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful