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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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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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