Strong Motion

  • by Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by Scott Aiello
  • 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Clearly Franzen, but with plot

This was a great novel, which certainly follows the Franzen formula evident in his other books, with a few notable differences.

1. Most of the story is told from one point of view where most of his works switch fairly often.
2. The story has a pretty linear AND chronological plot - which is another clear departure.

If you liked The Corrections or Freedom you are sure to like this one as well, but I have to admit I enjoyed Freedom far more than this book just due to the subject matter.. Seismology and highly intelligent academics ( a big part of this book) are not in my realm of concern where music and politics are (which are a big part of freedom)..

The narrator does a great job with the material, and can hear a small chuckle in his voice during some of the funniest parts of this book (although dark)

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- Michael A. Cudmore "The Cudmore Family"

Zzzzzzz… Aggressively Boring.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less "relationship drama". Some serious editing. Better character development. I love long stories, but this was tedious.

What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was the only reason I stuck with the story as long as I did. He's a good narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were glimmers and hints of a good story but it was so buried under the emotional minutia I just didn't care any more.

Any additional comments?

I really tried to stick with this. Even though three hours in I didn’t really care about the characters, was even sick to death of them after the first hour. Two page descriptions of a characters’ pronouncement of love for another…? It was like watching an artsy foreign film without subtitles and really bad acting. I just wanted it to stop. There may be a story in there somewhere but I couldn’t waste anymore time trying to get to it. The narration was pretty good. The premise of the story seemed interesting enough. But the execution…not so much.

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- Kim Venatries "There are few things better than a good story well told!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios