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Publisher's Summary

Singing Songs is the masterful realization of a young girl's journey to adulthood in a chaotic, abusive, and fragmented world. It is the story of a strange and beautiful metamorphosis and makes a profound statement about the dark and secret places of family life. Tilly wrote this book based on her own memories as a child.
©1994 Meg Tilly (P)2007 Meg Tilly

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"Sometimes creativity blesses twice....an impressive first novel." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Sergey
  • TverRussian Federation
  • 10-25-08

Singing Songs

I think Meg Tilly is as talented a writer as she is an actress. Singing Songs is a wonderful book. This true story is well written and draws you in from the beginning.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Different

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It kept me listening. It was interesting hearing it told from the mentality of the character based on her age. It makes it more impacting emotionally when she tells the gruesome details.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It ended abruptly. I am not sure to fix it, but am fairly sure a good writer could have ended it in a way not leaving a reader or listener wanting.

What does Meg Tilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings all the proper inflection. It is a real treat to have the author read their iwn book.

Could you see Singing Songs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure...as a Lifetime production. Lol Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Honest and compelling

I have 'Singing Songs' both as the book and the audiobook. It was a lot harder to listen to the story than it was to read. And while I hesitate to say I *enjoyed* listening to 'Singing Songs' (as the subject is a very painful one) I'm glad I did.

I've been singing the praises of the book/audiobook to all my friends. Yes, at times it's hard to read, but it's supposed to be. Child abuse is not a matter that anyone should be able to brush aside. I had to take breaks and give myself time to digest what I'd heard, but each time, I felt compelled to return to hear more of Anna's remarkable story.

Meg Tilly giving her own voice not only to the words but the heart as well makes this a very special audiobook.

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What?

This book was harsh AF. If this is memoir, then I say the writer was brave. If this is fiction then I say, are you serious? It was like ambulance chasing. Then it just ended. Like that. The tiniest bit of hope and the book stops, leaving the listener with many unanswered questions and quite frankly an ill feeling.

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Intense

Because Meg Tilly is such a fine actress this was a tough listen.
You could feel everything Anna felt and that's not such a good thing.
However, it was a very well written and performed story of crazy dysfunction.
At times it sounded like she had way too much coffee while she read this. I realize though that it was intentional.

I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone I know but I would like to check out
her other works.

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Some things sound all too real

While others seem gratuitously fake. Can a father really get away with kidnapping one of the kids at gunpoint?
So what happened to them?? Why leave gaping holes in the story?!

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Disappointing

What would have made Singing Songs better?

So much that I don't even know where to start. This book just went nowhere. It was like a piece out of the diary of a kid who had a really horrible life. Mildly interesting, but pointless. There was no resolution of any kind for any of the characters. Both of the parents were just so horrendous, with no reason given as to why. I would have liked to have had some back-story on the mom, it would have helped me understand the book a little.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Meg Tilly?

Yes. I didn't like this story but I kinda' like the way she reads. I can't really say why, but I like her.

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

I like the way Ms. Tilly writes. It's simplistic and honest and really makes you feel for the characters. I just wish she constructed a better story.

Any additional comments?

I loved Gemma, but didn't love this one. I may give her another chance.

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Disappointed In This One!!

What would have made Singing Songs better?

A story line with an ending.

Has Singing Songs turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine.

What character would you cut from Singing Songs?

None

Any additional comments?

This book was useless. It was about a disfunctional family and would have been good if it had had an ending of some kind. I expected the kids to be taken away or the parents charged with child abuse or something. It just left off with no conclusive ending at all.

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  • Dharma
  • Sun City West, AZ, USA
  • 08-13-09

Great storytelling without a structure

Meg Tilly brings the character Anna to life, not surprising considering the biographical nature of the work. The book is less a novel and more a collection of revealing stories about live in her chaotic family told in chronological order. Consequently, there isn't the usual climax of a novel. The end of the book is just another story that left me a bit dissatisfied. There is no denouement.

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No ending!

As in Meg Tilly's "Gemma" this story leaves the reader wondering how the story ends??????????? Great listen but a very disappointing ending.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful