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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.
©1992 Jonathan Franzen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By D.Mulligan on 02-28-16

Compelling Story, Ridiculous Narrator

What did you like best about Strong Motion? What did you like least?

This one was a little slow starting for me because all the characters are jerks, but once the earthquakes started, I was hooked.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I particularly liked the character of Rene, who humanizes Louis and makes me like him more.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The audiobook narrator, however, I did not enjoy. First of all, apparently he thinks the best way to convey a female voice is to become grating, nasal, and lispy. Some of the female characters sounded like Beavis and Butthead. Seriously. Bad.What's more, the narrator constantly mispronounces things, from words like "hegemony" to place names. I can almost forgive the place names, as we here in Massachusetts do pronounce things in unlikely ways, but the actual words, those are less forgivable. But back to the place names, why would the publisher hire someone to read a book about metro Boston who clearly has no idea about greater Boston? Among the place names mispronounced here: Worcester, Waltham, Peabody, and Copley Square. How hard is it to pronounce Copley Square? What I'm saying is, this narrator did not do his homework.

Was Strong Motion worth the listening time?

I'm lukewarm on this one. It's a good story, but I often had to cringe and grit my teeth through the narration.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 11-13-13

Easily as good as "The Corrections"

What made the experience of listening to Strong Motion the most enjoyable?

It's an outstanding story, with great character development and an ability to at least explain both sides of several social issues dealt with in a rational and well thought out manner (though the author's actual stance on any such issue is never left to the imagination).

What other book might you compare Strong Motion to and why?

Any of Franzen's other novels. It's what he does.

What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

His ability to show the proper emotion at the proper times.

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

Well no, but only because it was over 20 hours.

Any additional comments?

If you liked "The Corrections" give this one a try.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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