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I read Family Ties awhile ago and looked forward to listening to it. I love the way Hans M Hirschi sets the story over the two days but gives so much of the Characters history through the thoughts, feelings and the differing points of view each character has. Brothers Sascha and Mike's mother died and during the difficult time around the funeral secrets and fears come to the surface and are dealt with strengthening not only the brothers relationship but the relationship each brother has with their partner. Although there are a lot Of hard issues issues covered, infidelity, rape, poor parenting, bullying, Alzheimer's. there are also a lot of positive the joy of being new parents and positive parenting, building on relationships and deeper understanding and acceptance in the family.
Each short chapter is quite involved and whilst reading I give my full attention it is not always the case with audio. I found this is definitely a book to listen to when there are minimal distractions to be able fully enjoy it. And I will certainly be listening to it again probably many times.
It's the first time I listened to Michael Bakkensen and I really enjoyed his narration.
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Mr. Hirschi always writes emotional, moving books that have a core of realism to them that somehow makes everything more intense. I have yet to read a book by him that I did not enjoy. He regularly reduces me to tears--both happy and painful.
This book is trademark Hirschi. The performance of this book was stellar and made me feel as if I was there, dealing with troublesome family and grief as if I were Sascha. Well worth the listen. Beautiful.