• We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 08-15-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • 4.5 (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother. Once Kevin is born, she experiences extreme alienation and dislike of Kevin as he grows up to become a spiteful and cruel child. When Kevin commits his murderous act, Eva fears that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become. But how much is she to blame?
©2003 Lionel Shriver; (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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By francesca on 04-02-14

what a pity it was abridged!

What made the experience of listening to We Need to Talk About Kevin the most enjoyable?

I bought this book by mistake. Had I realised I was going to listen to an abridged version, I'd have thought twice before downlaoding it. Anyway, I also read the complete book on my kindle device and I must say that the audible version doesn't do justice to this amazing novel. The performance is excellent, but a lot of the characters' depth and complexity goes lost. I hope Audible realise how important it'd be to give listeners the full version and bring it out soon. So my advice is, don't listen to this abridged edition, but do read the full novel, it's really worth it, however gruesome, cruel and shocking it may be.

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By Gerard on 01-03-12

Not everything you read needs to be nice

Great story, with a great performance. Story at times is a bit harsh. You see parts of yourself in the characters, could Kevin be your boy? Are you the doting dad or the detached mother. Not all in life is NICE..

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By Jacky on 09-21-06

We need to talk about Kevin

This is a compelling and thought provoking read, I found it a little disturbing but I couldnt put it down. It is beautifully written - download now!

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By Irene on 05-05-13

Harrowing

I resisted reading this book for a long time. I thought that it would be more difficult to stop it as an audiobook. I was really engrossed. I found it a very powerful story made even more powerful by one of the best readers I have ever heard. Lorelei King is magnificent in every book I have heard.

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By Sarah on 04-13-17

The audiobook is so much easier to take in...

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I have the paperback at home and have picked it up numerous times over the last couple of years but have never been able to get past the first chapter. Thank goodness for the Audio-book and the wonderful narration, this had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening. Such a dark tale and so many emotions came up when listening, kind of made me frightened to have children! This book is such a difficult read in written form as it's all letters, and I really dislike reading that style of writing... The audio-book made it such a breeze to listen to. The narrator reading the letters as the main character seemed so much easier than reading them myself and feeling like an outsider reading someone elses personal letters.. Not sure if that makes sense? Anyway, well worth a listen, especially if you've attempted to read this in the past - you won't be disappointed.

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By Christine on 02-03-17

Addictive!

This is an absolutely addictive read. The book itself is well written and the audio performance is incredibly engaging. Highly recommended.

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