Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, read by Kimberly Farr.
A mother comes to visit her daughter in hospital after having not seen her in many years. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront her past, uncovering long-buried memories of a profoundly impoverished childhood, and her present, as the façade of her new life in New York begins to crumble, awakening her to the reality of her faltering marriage and her unsteady journey towards becoming a writer.
From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past and the memories - however painful - that bind a family together.
©2016 Elizabeth Strout (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited
I loved it from start to finish, I couldn't stop listening until it was finished. Will be recommending this for my next book club and to anyone who will listen!
and Elizabeth Strout tells her story so gently yet powerfully: complex, insightful and painfully loving. It amazes me.
Like all of Elizabeth Strout's works this is beautifully written. The anecdotes that make up Lucy's past are fascinating to listen to.
This is not a novel of action, more of meditation. I feel you could listen to any part of it and be moved.
The novel is told in the first person so it is Lucy's voice we hear.
Too many to mention but the last few lines are really moving.
There were some really interesting snippets fold stories in this book but I felt it jumped around too much and left too much unexplained to allow the listener to get to know the characters or heir experiences to any real depth.
It had such potential to expose the relationship between mother and daughter but didn't give it the exploration I was hoping for.
I didn't find myself able to relate to any of the characters well. I wanted to know them more.
This Book for me was interesting in that I heard quirky tales of people's lives. Aside from that it literally goes nowhere. It is simply a detailed account of one person's life that takes you no where.
The story develops somewhat purposelessly and leaves the listener wanting for more until the end.
The characters are relatable and realistic but the detail is missing. Often this seems like a first draft rather than a finished book.
The narration is awful, I only managed to get through it on 1.25 speed otherwise this would have lulled me into a deep sleep...
The story for me, was a slow burner, but wove a tale of the relationships of Lucy Barton and their long lasting effect on her. I'm a bit ambivalent towards the main character but I did find myself engrossed. There was something about the performance, I couldn't quite put my finger on. Maybe strange intonation but I found it distracting at some points, with my mind trying to work out what it was.
la autora ha conseguido sumergirme rápidamente en su historia. Los momentos más memorables son cuando Lucy quiere acercarse a los recuerdos más dolorosos de su infancia y cómo reacciona su madre
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