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We Need to Talk About Kevin Audiobook

We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2005.

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?

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©2003 Lionel Shriver; (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    Jacky LondonUnited Kingdom 21/09/2006
    Jacky LondonUnited Kingdom 21/09/2006 Member Since 2005
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tessi 13/04/2013
    Tessi 13/04/2013
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    "Excellent narration"

    I've already read this book twice, but when I saw that Lorei King was the narrator on this - I had to have it.



    I wasn't disappointed. The story itself is riveting, an unusual and maybe difficult subject for some as it is in part about a parents honesty of their dislike of their child. The narration, which I think is actually acting, makes it even more believable and enjoyable.



    Enjoy!



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Hotwells, Bristol, United Kingdom 07/08/2007
    Clare Hotwells, Bristol, United Kingdom 07/08/2007 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling storytelling"

    A thought provoking and striking book- one which disturbed and fascinated me, and kept me thinking back to it long after it finished. Well worth a listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Irene London, United Kingdom 05/05/2013
    Irene London, United Kingdom 05/05/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katy York, United Kingdom 26/02/2013
    Katy York, United Kingdom 26/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    I love the way this is written, it keeps you enthralled. It is also very well read.

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    AndyMackenzie 02/10/2006
    AndyMackenzie 02/10/2006 Member Since 2009
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    "Try it - worth a read!!"

    Something I'd never normally go for, glad I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    oEmmao Wexford, Ireland 15/01/2013
    oEmmao Wexford, Ireland 15/01/2013

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    "something a little different"

    i loved it, it was disturbing and amazing, some of it made me flinch it was so disturbing and sad, very, very thoughtprovoking. its a lot to take in, and really takes the nature/nurture debate to the next level. i would highly recommend this book to all.

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    sonia london, United Kingdom 10/10/2012
    sonia london, United Kingdom 10/10/2012
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    "Unsettling but good!"

    This is one of the most disturbing but engrossing audio books I've listened to and I had to constantly remind myself that this was actually a work of fiction!



    I'll be honest, I was quite reticent about getting this after all the reviews I'd read/heard as there seemed to be 2 distinct camps who either loved it or hated it. I haven't watched the movie that is based on the book so after a lot of trepidation I bought the Audible version and listened to it whilst on holiday. All I can say is WOW,WOW,WOW! I felt a range of emotions whilst reading it, pity, sorrow, anger, disbelief etc. for all of the main characters Eva, Franklin and Kevin who to all intents and purposes was the most awful child ever born - I won't give it away - listen/read the book and come to your own conclusions.



    Really good read. You are either going to love it or hate it - I'm in the love it camp!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Malvern Wells, United Kingdom 08/04/2012
    Jeremy Malvern Wells, United Kingdom 08/04/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant but Harrowing!"

    I found this audiobook a profoundly disturbing experience. It is brilliantly written and beautifully narrated, but it could put you off having kids.

    What do you do if your child is a psychopath? This book charts the dread, shame and heartache of being just such a parent. A mothers place is in the wrong it seems.

    I found this book unremittingly dark. If you have the stomach for it, it is a brilliant book, but it did nothing for my faith in human nature. The final "bonus" chapter is an excellent interview with the Lionel Shriver - she has no kids!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Peterborough, United Kingdom 27/08/2011
    Helen Peterborough, United Kingdom 27/08/2011
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    "Great characterisation from Lorelei"

    This is such a good book, well paced and it unravels some surprises as it goes along culminating a shocking end to 'Thursday'. Further more, I'm a great fan of Lorelei King who manages to characterise the voice of each person without it sounding trite (not easy to do when you have a small boy and a grown man to portray too) I love her Margaret Atwood readings for the same reasons.
    I found the book totally absorbing and very thought provoking and found my sympathies lay very firmly with Eva on so many levels.
    A bonus at the end of the book is a short interview with Lionel as she explains a little about why she wrote the book which was also fascinating and insightful.
    Excellent - download it now - I couldn't stop listening to it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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