Early Warning

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120 Ratings

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 05-03-15

Oppressive & Miserable

I really loved Some Luck, the first book in Smiley's planned sweeping family trilogy. I looked forward to this second installment and had high hopes. All I can say is that while listening I had an overwhelming feeling of weight and heaviness looming down on me. I had the image of myself wearing a huge oversized man's wool coat, stored too long in moth balls, standing in the August sun and heat on my brick patio. I couldn't move my arms, couldn't breathe, and needed to break free. So I did. I stopped listening and returned the book. Too much for me. I hope someone out there finds some pleasure in this book. I'd love to hear about that.

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27 of 31 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Silvermomma on 05-30-16

Boring

What disappointed you about Early Warning?

hard to follow without rereading first book in the series--don't recall relationships and no hints to who is who. Characters aren't interesting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Smiley again?

Maybe--I really liked earlier books

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By C. on 10-29-15

Love the narrator, but not for this book!

Lorelei King is one of my favorites, however I listened to her in 1 of my favorite series and unfortunately the range in each character reminded me of the characters in the other series. I couldn't get past that so did not get far! I imagine if I could have separated the characters I would have been able to listen.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 10-06-15

Give it some time!

I started and stopped this book twice before I finally made myself listen past the first couple hours. It's wonderful. There's no action or adventure or cliffhangers - it's just a beautifully written book about a family. Jane Smiley writes the heck out of these characters and they are each different and fascinating in their own way.

I love the way Lorelei King doesn't "over narrate" and still manages to give distinct voice to each character. Bravo!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jeanine M. Czech on 10-04-15

Couldn't get into it

What would have made Early Warning better?

Too many names, too much dull narrative, I kept waiting for it to get interesting but gave up after about an hour. I'm disappointed - I liked Jane Smiley in the past...

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Geraldine Davis on 07-10-16

Jane smiley. Irreverent as always

I so appreciate Jane Smiley for her humorous, irreverent sense of truth. She has you laughing to yourself, if not out loud within the first few pages of her books. I can say that I like to go back and reread her books. I never hesitate to buy her next novel because I know it will be an enjoyable way to spend my time.

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