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Who is the real Sophie Stark?

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is the story of an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most.

Brilliant, infuriating, all-seeing and unknowable, Sophie Stark makes films said to be more like life than life itself. But her genius comes at a terrible cost: to her husband, to the brother she left behind, and to an actress who knows too much.

With shades of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, it combines a uniquely appealing sensibility with a compulsively alluring plot.

Read by Amanda Dolan and Roger Wayne.

©2015 Anna North (P)2015 Tantor

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Fascinating characters but where are they going?

A set of interesting characters whose lives are intertwined. I still dont know what the author wanted to achieve from this book although, if it is to paint a series of beleaguered people at pivotal moments of their lives, the author has succeeded. Entertaining but im not sure it will resonate with me long after the final page.

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  • Nixie
  • 12-28-15

Wow, what a character

The life and death of Sophie is captured through the tales of those around her and they reveal a gutsy young film maker who is as intriguing as she is quirky.

This is a very human tale and the character of Sophie is so 3 dimensional you feel you've actually met in real life. To say she is complicated is to simplify a personality full of contradictions and foibles.

This is a compelling listen. It is a trip inside the head of a creative yet equally tormented mind from the outside in. It is not always comfortable in Sophie's head with the insecurities and bold, brash ambition but the plot feels genuine. It stays with you long after the narrator stops.

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  • Natalie
  • 07-05-18

Probably should have known better having seen that Lena Dunham rates this book

This started so well, the first chapter was great. Alison’s story is more interesting than Sophie’s in my opinion.
Sophie came off as a narcissist and I really didn’t get anything out of hearing about her life. I don’t think it helped that the readers were a little monotone and when the male reader voiced Sophie he sounded a little like the men playing women in the film White Chicks.

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  • seg777
  • 01-20-16

Good book ,disappointed narration

Good story ,which I/we ( partner listening car journey) very confused about who was talking .
Think reading book would have been preferable ,so could see each chapter ,different character,
Narrators in this audio book not good enough at separating characters ,Amanda Dolan just slightly better than Roger Wayne ,....we struggled to know which character talking & had to keep rewinding , to understand which character talking now .
So ..conclusion = might listen to another Anna North book ,but probably not listen to Amanda Dolan or Roger Wayne ( if more than one character ) again.

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  • Judith
  • 06-09-16

An unusual story

The story of Sophie is told by people close to her in her life and ,ultimately ,her death. We don't actually hear Sophie in the first person. She is deep and direct , but misunderstood by even her brother. People just don't 'get her'. I felt frustrated at times by people close to Sophie for not getting her.
Sophie expresses emotion through film.
At times I found a little difficulty initially in following some of the characters. This was soon resolved though.
I enjoyed Sophie's story, especially that it engaged an emotional connection with Sophie.