A Perfectly Good Family

  • by Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to destroy it. A Perfectly Good Family is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.

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terrible narration

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.
No Character voices no pauses between conversations or even pauses between paragraphs.
Do not waste your money


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


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- R. Moore

Get a life!

this book is like one long whine!!! I just wanted to scream "Get A Life!". It was actually painful to hear and I would imagine just as painful to read. We read it for my book group and one other woman said no one should ever have to read this book. I think it holds the top spot as the all time WORST book I have ever read/listened to.
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- Marny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio