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
"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!
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!
"Try it - worth a read!!"
Something I'd never normally go for, glad I did.
"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!
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.
"Finished in a flash"
I downloaded this as a 'filler' between credits, and I wasn't disappointed, except for the fact that I finished it within 3 days and have now had to down load another 'filler'! Very expensive this.
Any way back to the book, I have only good things to say about this, the movie was very well adapted, this book is written in a series of letters of Eva to her husband Franklin about their son. It's gently read. It really creates and builds the character of Kevin, and his mum. It make should want to slap the dad for being so gullible.
I really recommend this book, it's brief, but effective and there is a handy interview at the end with the author (love when they do that) which really explains why she wrote this book. It questions motherhood and maternal instincts.
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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.
This book tells the story of a high school massacre from the mother's point of view. Eva's self assessment of her relationship with her son is a roller coaster of emotions as she struggles with guilt & the aftermath of her son's killing spree. With a totally unexpected twist at the end this book will have you hooked from the first chapter & will not let you go.
I love the way this is written, it keeps you enthralled. It is also very well read.
Dark subject matter and characters that are hard to warm to but quite gripping, with some interesting twists and turns along the way. Not a fun read but certainly makes you think.
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