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Sad that previous reviewers did not give this story a chance. True, the narration detracts from an otherwise insightful dissection of sibling relationships. The house the children inherit is the most lovable of the characters. If you are a fan of Shriver's, give this book a chance. You will be rewarded with an almost Dickensian heartfelt American novel.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I loved we need to talk about Kevin which is why I choose this book by the same author - and perhaps It too is a great book, but the narratation is so monotonous that I couldn't even make it through the first half.<br/>No Character voices no pauses between conversations or even pauses between paragraphs.<br/>Do not waste your money<br/>
Would you ever listen to anything by Lionel Shriver again?
yes provided the narrator was different
What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?
No character voices very monotonous
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Perfectly Good Family?
couldn't Even finish the story unfortunately
I have read most of Lional Shriver's books and enjoyed them very much but this does not reach her usual standard. She does not have enough to say and it is padded with dull detail. The book is not helped by the narration of Susan Ericksen and her attempts to adopt an English accent, often mispronouncing words including her assumption that potato rhymes with the English pronounciation of tomato.
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Lionel Shriver is fantastic. All her books are very different but never fail to deliver. Her story telling works for me and my to be engaged from page one.