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  • Everybody Rise

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Clifford
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 196

Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of the "in crowd", but how far are you willing to go to be accepted? In the case of bright, funny, and socially ambitious Evelyn Beegan, the answer is much too far.... At 26, Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York's glamorous Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cautionary tale

  • By Nerdy Girl on 08-24-15

Overacted performance - excellent story!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

What would have made Everybody Rise better?

The reader was distracting to the story. The narration was in an affected voice rather than a narration - it dominated at the same level as the character voices....and the characterizations were over-the-top - and loud, where I had to turn the volume down more times than not. At times the reader would scream into the microphone and it was grating, and made me want to scream. I would have preferred to read this than listen to this presentation. It bothered me as a listener to the end that the narration was affected - making the narrator more of a character than an observer.

What did you like best about this story?

It was well-crafted depiction of the struggles of class, but I think also how when one isn't true to their character - and what they believe in - that in this case borders on delusional breakdown. The author's crafting of the story brought me right into the apartment, into the boat race, and the mental breakdown. It was brilliant writing with a full circle moment of realization where the main character returns to the people who matter - and like Charlotte who didn't abandon her.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

The reader was distracting to the story. The narration was in an affected voice rather than a narration - it dominated at the same level as the character voices....and the characterizations were over-the-top - and loud, where I had to turn the volume down more times than not. At times the reader would scream into the microphone and it was grating, and made me want to scream. I would have preferred to read this than listen to this presentation. It bothered me as a listener to the end that the narration was affected - making the narrator more of a character than an observer.

What character would you cut from Everybody Rise?

I may have missed this because the acting was so terrible. I don't think it was established really well as to why she left her textbook position and got involved with "People Like Us' - she was driven by the same motivation as her mother - and that happened suddenly rather than evolved. I think that could be developed more - and her past relationships - so we understand better as to why she turns down Scott.

Any additional comments?

In all fairness to the work - it needs to be reread/produced. The cast of The Good Girl (Lindsey nettleman, et all)

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