Here is the heart-wrenching book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie. Cal and Beth Jarrett are ordinary people: a happy couple living with grocery bills, taxes, barbeque dinners, and orthodontist appointments for their two sons. But when a terrible accident takes the life of one son, their lives begin to fall apart. This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - and the lengths they will go to put their lives together again.
©1976 Judith Guest (P)1985 Recorded Books, LLC
17th Century Heretic
Its impossible not to compare books with their film counterparts. This is a case in point. They are both excellent and the film is very faithful to the book. There are small differences in order of events and their portrayal. But if you liked the film you should appreciate the book too. Good reading but sometimes a little annoying in the knowing way she speaks of teenage life.
"A beautiful book"
I saw the movie 'Ordinary People' and thought I'd like to listen to the book it is based on. This is a beautiful book - very moving and sensitive and also really interesting and character driven. Although it is set in the late 60's the book hasn't dated much at all, it still has a very contemporary feel. The narrator is excellent. A great listen!
"A man's voice would have been more effective."
Having seen the film many times and it being one of my favorites, it would've been very difficult for this book to have compared favorably. But it's interesting how much the film diverges from the text of the book and now the film has a great deal more depth to me than it did previously. The only thing that I find that is unfortunate is that the narrator in this audiobook is a woman rather than a man. As the protagonist of the story is obviously male, I can't help but feel that the story would have had more impact with a male narrator. Still, this is an interesting study in family dynamics to which many people will be able to sadly relate. Recommended, but not without reservations.
it was pretty boring nothing realy exciting at all happened. you expect something big then bang nothing.
"Buy the book."
Narration made it difficult to finish the audio book. Better off reading the book.
Well written, well read and well visioned. Saw the movie and read the book. I loved both!
The book is very slow and the narration almost put me to sleep. The movie was much better. I expected more because the books are always supposed to be better than the movies. But not this one.
It ended like a bad movie that ends all of a sudden. A couple of hours into it I lost interest and purchased a new book. I only went back to it because I was out of audiobooks and a it was the only one I had.
It did not have anything too exciting about. Just like the title, it was just plain and ordinary.
Narration was OK.
It was just OK. Not the type of book that I would be interested in listening to again.
"good story, narrator could have been better"
I enjoyed the story. But I had a hard time, sometimes, figuring out who was speaking. The narrator made little to no effort to create individual voices for the characters, so sometimes when there were conversations between the characters, it was difficult to follow who was saying what.
The characters were honest and interesting, and I really felt for Conrad, the central character of the story.
Despite the narrator, I enjoyed listening to this book -- I couldn't wait to hear how everything turned out.
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