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By Picky Consumer on 07-03-15
Would you try another book from Maya Lang and/or the narrators?
Only if someone I knew highly recommended it. I was somewhat bored by the story and the narrators were lackluster (although that may have just reflected the characters). I believe Julia Whelan read Gone Girl and I liked her narration there.
Would you recommend The Sixteenth of June to your friends? Why or why not?
No. If I was bored I would assume everyone else would be as well.
Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?
I would not rule it out. Although the narration was lackluster, this may have just reflected the characters, who also were. I believe Julia Whelan read Gone Girl and I liked her narration there. The best narration was Julia narrating Nora. When any of the narrators spoke for a character of the opposite sex it did not ring true.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No. If the book felt superficial there is no reason to believe a movie would improve on this.
Any additional comments?
Unlike many other reviewers, I did not pick up this novel based on its connection to Ulysses; I simply thought it sounded like a book which was right up my alley: Family dynamics, good friendships, psychological issues. It did have all of that, but it never came together with an emotional punch. I didn't much care about the characters and there was not a lot of insight into what made them tick; the book did not dig deep. Perhaps that was the point as none of the characters had much insight into his or her own situation, but it made for a boring read. There were a few scenes in which the characters interact on a deeper level and these were the ones which I liked the best, but this made up 10% of the book at most.
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