Paternity

  • by Susan Baruch
  • Narrated by Karen Krause
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joel Berger's charmed life is fast slipping away. Determined to father a child before he dies, Joel makes one desperate appeal to the women of his dinner group for help. Soon he is surrounded by a colorful cast of female characters, including his iron-willed yet oddly endearing mother, Sylvia. You'll laugh and cry along with the Bergers as the story of their patchwork family unfolds, taking some deliciously unexpected turns along the way.

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Great reading

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Karen has an excellent, steady reading voice and pulls off different accents and tones quite nicely. You could tell the difference between the characters quite easily by the voice she used. The two Jewish parents were a little hard to tell apart as the accent was the same but the voice was otherwise not too much different. However otherwise I thought the reading was flawless. The story itself I found a bit disappointing. It was an interesting premise for a story but I didn't feel like the characters were all that relate-able, and despite dramatic moments that didn't really go anywhere it was a bit dull and kind of plot-less. Ultimately great work by Karen Krause, and I hope to hear more from her, hopefully with a story more deserving of her talents.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It didn't seem all that conclusive. I found myself wondering what the overall point to the story was at the end. It seemed to be just kind of quickly and randomly wrapped up.


Which character – as performed by Karen Krause – was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the grandmother Silvia I think and the Jewish accent was beautiful. However I also really enjoyed the voice of Celeste which was a bit cautious and reserved and reflected the character perfectly.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not. :-/


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- CSterle

Sweet and unusual romantic tale

Would you listen to Paternity again? Why?

Paternity is sweet, endearing and fun story about a dying childless man who wishes to continue his family line. Although his story is short the remainder of the novel follows the children he bears and the quirky characters in his life.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the somplicity of the story, simple romance and family life. No complicated story lines to follow.


Which scene was your favorite?

I loved Joel's wedding--the silly and sweet words they spoke with each other.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Karen Krause's performance was good; she has good inflection and clarity. I wasn't a big fan of her voice--a little too high pitched.


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- Tinman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2013
  • Publisher: Susan Baruch