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All My Puny Sorrows

Narrated by: Erin Moon
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Summary

Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married,) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.

©2014 Miriam Toews (P)2014 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Snorkmaiden on 01-07-15

Beautiful writing

A poignant, yet often witty story, with fine attention to detail. A gentle and absorbing listen.

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4 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By AJ Brown on 14-03-17

Pragmatic insight into mental illness

Love Miriam Toews' writing - honest, amusing, realistic. Despite the subject matter, amusing and uplifting, as well as being desperately sad, poignant and thought-provoking.

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2 people found this helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 10-06-19

A skillful mixture of humour, wise and witty observations woven into a thread of inextricable sadness.

I am very pleased that I also have a hard copy of this beautifully written heart rending book, because unfortunately the narrator’s rather monotonous tone and neutral pace do not lift the words off the page, nor do they do justice to Miriam Toews very sensitive and partly autobiographical novel. This narration will not put me off reading more of Miriam Toews’ intriguing work, but I hope that future narrations will be more lively and pertinent.

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3 out of 5 stars
By SHADOW smash on 09-09-19

Longwinded and depressing!

This a very slow book with nothing to lift the spirits It centres on a woman who just wants to die. It is hard to sympathise with her as she comes from a loving family, is a successful and talented concert pianist and she has a partner who adores her. I couldn’t get over her selfishness at caring more about her wish to die than the effect her suicide would have on those who loved her. It dragged on at the end and left me wishing I hadn’t bothered! Having said that, it was well written and narrated and I loved the poetry excerpts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mira on 17-03-16

Brilliant and beautiful

This is one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Magnificent writing. Wonderful reading.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

Not my usual cup of tea.

But I really liked it. I think the performance didn't quite hit the level of sarcasm present in the narrator's hyperbole, but that's maybe a subjective nitpick. The ending felt drawn out and it was a chore to finish. Totally worth it though. I'm a male with no siblings and this story punched me in the heart. The narration was incredibly sincere. Pretty great through and through.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 24-02-16

Exquisite book

Would you consider the audio edition of All My Puny Sorrows to be better than the print version?

Typically I prefer the one I engage with first. It's sometimes shocking to hear how a narrator handles a book I've read. I hadn't imagined it his or her way. In this case, the narrator enhanced what was already a great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the mother but her sister and both of her daughters were also beautifully drawn.

What about Erin Moon’s performance did you like?

Everything. Even the hospital staff was well and sometimes sympathetically voiced.

Who was the most memorable character of All My Puny Sorrows and why?

I can't think of anyone who isn't memorable.

Any additional comments?

Unless solicited for advice, I usually don't recommend books. But I sent a few emails after finishing this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jamie Grant on 04-09-15

Would you assist your siblings suicide?

A sad, serious, humourous family's struggle with life, depression and suicide. thank you 4.5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
By leckybang on 23-04-15

Sad Story, Unforgettable Writing Voice

If you could sum up All My Puny Sorrows in three words, what would they be?

A story you'll need to take a breather from every once and awhile as it confronts death and loss head on, but the writing voice will bring you back.

What did you like best about this story?

Miriam Toews is funny and honest about what it's like to be a woman, and she brings a sense of dry whimsy to her memories of her oppressive Mennonite upbringing.

Any additional comments?

I love how Audible tries to use readers from the same area the writer is from. Erin Moon's voice acting was great. I would listen to another book featuring her as the reader.

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3 out of 5 stars
By flounderguts on 11-02-15

Really depressing story

Don't listen to this if you are prone to depression. It's super dark.

However, it is masterfully written and very well performed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By nancy on 16-02-20

heavy, funny, authentic. wonderful reader.

the story is one that happens all the time. but we never get used to it. it made me think.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen A. Morrow on 26-01-18

wonderful

I loves this novel. Beautiful writing. I will read more by this author. The narrator is wonderful.

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2 out of 5 stars
By TM on 15-06-17

A complete downer

This book is so much of a downer! It's hard to remember anything bright or happy! Not the best story.

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2 out of 5 stars
By jjjjordan on 23-05-16

Wanted to finish but just could not

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The writing was intermittently compelling, but as a whole I found the narratives and narration flat.

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