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  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 377

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

Slow road to nowhere

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Reviewed: 04-26-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I honestly don't know; maybe someone who finds "pastoral" stories soothing.

What was most disappointing about Jane Smiley’s story?

The book started out from the perspective of a baby, and continued in this fashion way too long. Too much time was spent on uninteresting, descriptions from a child's point of view that did little to enhance the story. I wanted to gnaw off my arm. There was no genuine character development. At times the story seemed to pick up, but then fizzled again.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?


What character would you cut from Some Luck?

Possibly Henry--his story never really went anywhere.

Any additional comments?

I should have known that it would be difficult for any author to develop an interesting multi-generational story in a relatively short book. The only reason I kept listening was that I'd spent money on it. I'd like to warn others not to make the same mistake.

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