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'American Appetites' is a very entertaining book. Joyce Carol Oates has never disappointed me, and this book is as good as any other book I have listened to by this author (not quite as good as ‘We Were The Mulvaneys,’ but pretty close).
I have listened to four books written by Oates, and they have all had their slow moments. This book is no different (the reason I gave it four out of five). The main characters in this book are elitist, and Oates spends roughly an hour giving the reader a thorough background of their elitist lives. This background story building is pretty dry, but don’t give up on this book – it turns into a really good story pretty quickly after this slow start. Like I stated in the beginning, Oates always seems to have rough moments in her story telling, but they all become really good books by the end of the tale. I’ve never listened to a Joyce Carol Oates book I did not like by the end.
I am usually pretty neutral as far as narrators go, but Barbara Caruso is perfect for this book. She sounds just like the sort of person these characters would invite to one of their elitist intellectual dinner parties. Audible could not have picked a better narrator for this book.
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This is the first Joyce Carol Oates I’ve read. It was wonderful. Well developed characters. Prose just fell from reader, Barbara Caruso’s lips. Great build in suspense to an event never guessed. The last quarter of the book meandered a bit.