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The music at the beginning and ending of each chapter was ANNOYING!! It was so loud it drown out the narrators voice and it does nothing to add to the story. Audible- how about warning customers of this use of music at the beginning and/or end of every chapter? I find it takes away from the story and is very distracting. Most often it doesn't even fit with the tone or mood of the story.
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After hearing some goods things about this book, (Mainly The New York Times's Janet Maslin did a article comparing different Hollywood roman-a clef novels and said this was the best of the bunch) I found this to be a rather shallow 'Lifetime movie' about the author's reaction to her sister's cancer diagnosis. The story is told through letters that the older sister writes to everyone, which works well in the spoken format, but it is very limiting when it comes to the overall story. There are so many times I wanted to hear what other people were actually thinking or doing. The epistlelary style can be exciting and involving ( think of 'Dracula' or more recently " The Egyptoligist"), but when it is just one persons's point of view it get rather tedious especially since Olivia Hunt never comes across as paricularly bright.
In order to flesh out this short novel about the death of her sister, Robinson adds just enough inside info about the making of a Hollywood movie version of 'Don Quiote' with Robin Willams and John Cleese. This is the most amusing parts of the book, but for a much better look into the perils of movie producing, rent the movie of ' "Lost in La Mancha' about the same subject.
By the time Olivia's sister dies, I was more than ready to let her go, but finally at the end we get to here a little something of Madaline's (the dying sister) voice, which comes from beyond the grave, in the form of a lost letter. It's poignent, but too little too late.
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