Today Will Be Different

  • by Maria Semple
  • Narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.
Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe.
But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.
Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

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Weird, but fascinating.

This was a fun story to listen to, even if I have no idea what the point really was.

The narrator made some choices for the characters that I think would have sounded much differently in my head if I were reading the book. Sometimes I think she made characters sound more shallow and crazy than the words sounded to me. There were also at least 3 three blatant mispronunciations of words. (Not faulting the narrator, but I always wonder how those sneak past editors and such.)

Having said that, I did laugh out loud at some of it, especially her super-annoying portrayal of Timby. I swear that's how my kids sound on my worst days. And the things he said - so spot on for a typical kid in 2010s that I thought he might be my kids' classmate.

All in all, interesting, entertaining, and weird.
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- Happy Mama

Great story but narration was hit and miss

I love Maria Semple's previous books, and loved this one too.

But this narrator! How do I describe her? At times she was brilliant, but at other times her performance really detracted from the story. The narrator's son Timby may have been a normal kid if I read the paper version, but instead his voice was a mix of whine and high-pitched nasally French horn. Kids don't sound like that! The poet in the story had a hokey southern accent despite the fact that the story was set in Seattle. A posh modern artist sounded like a 1940's Brooklyn gangster. And worst of all, a disabled man in a wheelchair was made to sound like he had an intellectual, rather than physical, disability.

The narrator was often spectacular and I'm sure she is talented. Maybe the producer convinced her to use these exaggerated and frankly strange voices? In any case, I wish she hadn't.
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- Laurel Dean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio