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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.
©2009 Lionel Shriver; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By JC on 11-14-17

The Mansion is Lovable

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.

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By R. Moore on 03-25-13

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.<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

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By Jennifer on 05-15-13

Disappointing from such a good writer

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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By Mrs R Thomas on 10-18-17

Excellent

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.

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