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Narration - Michelle Babb - Kick A$$
If you've read many of my reviews, I don't really give a lot of audiobooks the "Kick A$$" narration rating, but I've had a couple back to back listens that were really stellar, with this being one of them. Michelle does such a great job of embodying the character of Tammy Tyree! I don't own a kindle copy of the book, so I couldn't tell you if her narration of what 'bug' says is accurate, but it was terrific and natural and flowed as if you were listening to the actual conversations between Tammy and her very special little brother Jar (aka bug). She really captured the personalities of these folks from this small town. Fabulous job!!!
As for the book! OMG! This was a terrifically absurd story (Truly, I believe, enhanced by the narration). Tammy Tyree receives one of those emails claiming that she's due a substantial inheritance from a long lost missionary relative, complete with the broken but wordy explanations of the importance of the sender, his title, his role in assisting her in retrieving her inheritance and all the steps she must go through (which of course become innumerable) in order to rightfully claim the money she's due.
The book pokes fun at the naivety of Tammy, her family and some other gullible town folk who wish to invest in helping her claim her inheritance as well as the email scam community itself. I'm not going to say that I was laughing out loud while listening to this book, but I was, I don't know, Joyful? Most certainly smiling the whole time I was listening. (Except during the big Jar incident near the end) And I found myself telling anyone who would listen about the terrific book I was listening to. And I didn't do it justice, because alas, I'm not a writer. Patricia Wood, however, is! A very terrific writer and she had me loving this little gem from start to finish. Such a great listen! Highly Recommend!
I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobookblast, in exchange for an unbiased review
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Could a whole town be as backward? If you are able to suspend reality and go with the cute humor of this funny story about a town of feeble minded folk, then you may enjoy this escape from reality. An e-mail traps a young girl and eventually others into an inheritance scam that snowballs out of control.
I was not sure if I could swallow the dim witted behavior of the main character at first, but the further I got into the story the more believable and endearing she and her autistic brother became. The rest of the well developed, odd, original characters kept me interested and amused. A fun romp into Hicksville with just a bit of "Carl Hiaasen's like", type of strange humor.
Michelle Babb's narrative was excellent. She captured the essence of each character and added to each of their personalities.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book will take you on one hell of an adventure! It all begins with an elusive email from a doctor in Botswana. If Tammy Tyree follows his instructions, wiring money through to him, she will attain 5 million dollars (a fortune she supposedly inherited).
Awesome, but we've all encountered this sort of 'scam', pop- up email, at some point or another. But for Tammy this is her first, and she's a gullible young thing: she signs herself up. And as you'd expect, money begins to disappear from her account. To the point that, she can't fulfil all the instructions, she can't pay the doctor for his services in getting her fortune to her. This is when it all spirals out of control: Tammy's secret is out, and all of a sudden her whole town wants to help out. They invest in her fortune, and they invest A LOT. But she has the most to lose, as a struggling waitress holding down four jobs and on the constant search for more, she doesn't have a lot as it is. Then, there's her little brother who's already been subjected to a tough life, because of his autism. Just how will she manage wben faced with an empty account, and no fortune to be found? What a mess! How will she break it to her friends or, rather, investors? Is she herself just a scam artist?
This book was indeed hilarious: the absurdity of Tammy's gullibility was astounding. The ending was a shock. In all honesty, whem I heard the storyline I didn't think this would be quite an engaging story- I figured it would be a depressing story with down on their luck characters. This was not the case, at all. Tammy's gullibility and optimism, against pretty much anything (but not everything) she faced was incredible. All in all, it was written well. You can count on laughing at every strange event or occurrence: for the Tyree clan, trouble is an inevitability you just have to deal with. All they really are is misunderstood. Or perhaps, I'm just a little gullible ;)
I loved the story, it was also excellently narrated. This has to be one of Michelle Babb's best works. I've been listening to this audio book for over a week, I'd have finished it sooner had I had the time. But, with most audio books, the narration detracts from your enjoyment. From all of Michelle's work, I can't recall this being the case. Her voice was fitting, and she did the characters justice, considering just how difficult they must have been.
I received this audio book from the narrator, free of charge, for the purpose of writing an honest review.
What made the experience of listening to Cupidity the most enjoyable?
I enjoy audiobooks in general, I have read Lottery by the author before. The narrator managed to capture the various voices and accents quite well, especially Tammy's.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cupidity?
It was all in the build-up really, with a lot of plotlines coming together at the end. I wouldn't want to give it away!
Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favourite?
Tammy Tyree, the naive yet loveable waitress who responds to the Nigerian email promising her money...
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The relationship between Tammy and her autistic brother Jar is well written, with many scenes showing her motherly love for him, her acceptance.
Any additional comments?
This caught my eye as I was unexpectedly delighted with Lottery when I discovered that by accident a few years ago, and I was more than happy to try a new Patricia Wood. Glancing at the blurb, the theme of underdogs encountering potential good fortune was a formula I was quite glad to try on audiobook.
Narrator-wise, the audiobook was fine, a range of voices for the different characters, with the accents setting the scene well. Tammy Tyree is a young waitress, living with her ne'er-do-well, scheme-happy Uncle and autistic younger brother Jar (who speaks a language only Tammy can translate - for us as well as the neighbourhood). She's been saddled with responsibility beyond her years, but maintains an upbeat attitude most of the time about her debts, bills and future, though it does look grim.
Her silver lining one day appears - in the form of an email from a man in Africa, promising her a share of a Tyree inheritance from a dead relative, if only she can send funds to release it first... Finally, Tammy has got some good luck! And maybe the small decaying town she lives in can share in it too.
Hilarious plot, the jaw-droppingly eye-wateringly naivety, the shovelling deeper into the mire, Tammy is both our guide and a woman we want to scream at and take in hand. You KNOW it can't end well - can it?
It all goes a bit madcap (and would all her colleagues and acquaintances REALLY believe it too?!), and insane, with other relations wanting a piece of the action as Tammy's secret potential fortune becomes common knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, despite the glaring insanity of the whole plot. Tammy and Jar make a very sweet sibling pair, his condition quite well portrayed. Tammy herself manages to be both loveable and infuriating. I would have loved more Uncle E and his made-up vocabulary.
Crazy, crazy idea - works brilliantly well as a book (and could be a very good film as well). Has a bit of everything, and you really can't quite see what is going to happen at the end. A perfect summer light read, will keep you guessing, smiling and checking your emails :)
With thanks to the narrator for providing a copy of the audiobook, for review purposes.