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The Weird Sisters

By: Eleanor Brown
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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The beloved New York Times best seller from acclaimed author Eleanor Brown about three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much.

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father - a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse - named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

The sisters each have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...

©2010 Eleanor Brown (P)2011 Penguin

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"I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

As an English teacher and a fan of Shakespeare, I was disappointed with Brown's treatment of the Bard. I should have known better, because when I heard her interviewed on NPR, and she read an excerpt of the book that contained a Shakespearean quotation, she had no idea where it came from (Romeo and Juliet). I read it anyway... it's an interesting story with believable characters, but it didn't get a rise of emotion from me at any point. I enjoyed her portrayal of setting. I would recommend this to someone who doesn't mind Shakespeare, but isn't passionate about his work.

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Hated It !

Whiny grown children moving home. Blah, blah... The only reason I finished it was because I unfortunately bought it.

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A really awesome read

This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It was very entertaining and left me wanting more.:)

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Boring and Preachy

I can usually find something good thing to say about a book ... not this time.

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Awful and boring

This book felt so forced. All of the Shakespeare references only added to the mess. I simply can't finish it and have wasted a credit. From the very beginning the book was totally predictable. I felt sorry for the narrator. It must have been teeth grindingly awful to read the thing.

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awesome!

What did you love best about The Weird Sisters?

the craftsmanship of this novel is amazing. the first person plural narration is so perfect for this story/these sisters. The story was well paced and very well balanced between the sisters' sub plots.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weird Sisters?

Those few moments when the three weird sisters are actually on the same wavelength really do invoke a kind of magic! especially when brown throws in textual mirrors to amplify the effect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. i needed a little time to settle in to this one. . . especially the narration.

Any additional comments?

give it a shot!

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Great idea- not worth it in the end

I like the idea of this book more than the book itself. The main characters weren't very likable, and in the end I didn't actually care what happened to them. Bummer.

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so true

started slow but blossomed into a good read. ending a little tidy. so typical of the manic comparisons between sisters.

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Just ok, nothing special

It was a decent book, not much depth really. I would not really recommend it.

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So much better than most “sister stories”

I have now downloaded more than 1000 books from audible and had wearied of the theme of “sister stories” but this title promised more than a treacly tale, and it delivered. The writing was so good and the creation of the Shakespeare-quoting father made for a special character. The sisters themselves were contemporary versions of vivid Shakespearean women characters. The wonderful narration made this a winner.