The Arsonist

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5 out of 5 stars
By anita on 08-03-14

keeps you listening!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Arsonist to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I didn't read it, I listened.

What did you like best about this story?

It was interesting on many levels, with several different stories going on.
The ending was interesting and not quite what I thought would happen.

Have you listened to any of Sue Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

That is not possible, but it kept me lidtening.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jorge on 08-02-14


What disappointed you about The Arsonist?

Although I like her descriptive writing there was no plot in the book worth following. The Arsonist, the lover and the family issues were all boring and, for the most part, ended unceramoniously.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Miller again?

Possible, if there was a story worth following.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Arsonist?

I would have added more excitement about pursuing the arsonist and made the love story or her families life more emotional. It's like her parents were more her second cousins than her Mother and Father.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenni on 07-07-14

Wonderful! And not (thank heaven) a "crime" novel

What did you love best about The Arsonist?

Not able to figure out the ending, until I got there. That's because the people in the book are complex and realistic. The arsons challenge and divide them. And throughout, they have also to deal with and adapt to the regular stuff that happens to people and families at various stages of their lives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sylvia, the main character's mother. She struggles with what others need or expect from her, and what she needs. She balances, adapts, makes mistakes, takes chances.

Who was the most memorable character of The Arsonist and why?

Alfie, the main character's father, who has dementia. His disease progresses in spite of all that's swirling around everyone due to the arsons, relationship issues, romance, moving, age, opportunities, etc. But he copes with things too, and it is uncertain what exactly he understands and what he doesn't. This makes the things the people around him say and do, affect him in a different way than everyone else.

Any additional comments?

People all behaving the way they do because of what's happened to them in the past, affected by what's happening to them in the present and what may, or may not happen to them in the future. Loved it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Judith Leone on 04-10-18


So boring It didn’t even really ever peak or ever come to any conclusion. Would not recommend

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jacquelyne on 03-29-15

A book about nothing.

This book was terrible. It went nowhere. If i had been reading a hard copy I would have put it down. I kept waiting for something to happen. It never did.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Germana Berni on 01-30-15

Excellent book

The story keeps you interested in the lives of the subjects to the point that you don't really care about who set the fires.

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