Narrator: Ariadne Meyers
DEFINITION: “To fall flat” – To fail in the intended effect.
This fell flat for me. I’m tempted to give it only two slices of pie.
I was intrigued by a tweet:
And I suppose I could blame Jill who wrote a spoiler free review which you must read if you ARE curious: Rhapsody in Books
What we have here is a conundrum. Advice is to read it NOW before someone spoils it. BUT you should know that that is the intention of the marketing team – to build it up with BIG TWIST! Don’t TELL ANYONE!! hype hype hype – which I was trying to avoid. Unfortunately, I was too late – I became aware that this was the intent of the marketing and I must have gotten suspicious.Perhaps if I had immediately read the book after Michelle said to do so because that was the first time I was warned; not aware of the propaganda of the warning. I couldn’t help but see this title start popping up everywhere, ugh. I should have waited a few years or skipped it altogether.
On the other hand, if this does appeal to you, the audio seems to be a good way to experience it. I thought the narrator did a fine job (except do not expect a Massachusetts accent!!) and there are some goodreads reviews that state the written presentation/style was annoying – this can be avoided by listening. I think. Maybe.
I just didn’t feel a thing. At the time of the big twist/shock/reveal, I was just relieved that the book would soon be over. No, I didn’t see it coming. But I did go looking for reviews at the half way mark (kiss of death for me when I do this, I can’t help it! when a book is starting to annoy me, I go see what others thought — to see if I should keep reading…)
And so I found Nymeth’s THOUGHTFUL issue exploration: Things Mean a Lot. (I didn’t read the spoiler part — but I read the comments. Ooops.) Nymeth always brings such calm insightful intelligent considerations to her reviews and sadly, that is what makes me most sad about the story – that I missed the bigger truth that Nymeth caught: “a story of political awakening gone horribly wrong…”
Truly!! Many MANY bloggers I admire and respect thought this an AMAZING stunner of a book!! GO decide for yourself and than cry with me that I failed with it…
Somebody please tell me that I will like The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks better?
* New Englanders don’t say AUNT the way I did when I grew up: like the insect ANT. They say it to rhyme with FONT and now after living here 10 years, I do, too! Every time I heard the narrator say “the Aunties”, I was distracted. “This is supposed to be set in Massachusetts…”