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I am giving this a "5" overall, in spite of:
1) the reader's slow pace - her voice is pleasantly, soothingly neutral, but lingers too much over the details.
2) The book is overdescribed: example: we only need a general, few sentence description of a holiday dinner, just enough to set the scene and create the ambience, not a half-hour dinner-thon! This might be just one of my quirks as a reader - I really don't like long descriptions of parties and gatherings unless there is key conversation involved that can advance the plot. I'm not interested in gossip, out-downs, what people are wearing and how their looks compare.
3) Dream sequence: unnecessary and too "aerie-faerie" for my tastes.
Totally good and on-target: a "perfect" life is never that. The protagonists go through a series of highly jarring events (giving specifics would be spoiling), and create learnings out of their experiences.
On a personal level, I have had a trifecta or even quadri-fecta of miseries during the past year, and can intimately relate to this novel. I'm glad to say I am still here, still reading and reviewing, and have learned much.
It seemed to me that one plot line was not quite resolved, and one transgression into the dark side was left to the past and never dealt with on an honest level.
This is a difficult book to review without giving spoilers, and so my talking points are correspondingly general.
Still a solid "5" in my book.
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What made the experience of listening to Those We Love Most the most enjoyable?
The authenticity of the emotions and the universal relevance found in this book made me want to keep listening. The insurmountable became surmountable. The growth of and repair of the many damaged emotions and relationships was a triumph that was reassuring. The notion that all is not lost even if we make serious mistakes in judgement as the characters in this book did was comforting.
What about Karen White’s performance did you like?
Karen did a masterful job with the many voices in this story and gave them personalities! That's what I love about audio books.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it was.
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