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Skeletons is a non-violent, non-adventurous but very much character-driven story. Jen, after suffering from an absent father and no siblings during her childhood, very much adores her husbands large and warm family. They have two daughters, now both in college, and Jen muses about the void in their lives when she discovers her step-father in an ambiguous situation with a woman that is not her step-mother.
The whole story develops from here, and Jane Fallon manages to create a multi-faceted and likable character with Jen.The listener follows her doubts, decisions, thoughts and feelings throughout a story that is familiar to all of us, yet manages to draw one in.
Penelope Rawlins does a pretty good job narrating Jen's part of the story, but the other characters are done with way too much effort. Whenever Jen's husband Jason is talking I imagined Rawlings drawing her head back, chin in, to force "maleness" out of her box. Other characters are continuously excited, lamenting or breathless. It destroyed part of the charm that the book in written form surely has.
If you like "small stories", where people's interaction is what drives the plot, then this is a book for you. For you who expect really dark secrets (the proverbial bones) - non of it to be found here.
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What did you like best about Skeletons? What did you like least?
This is not my usual genre of book, but I thought it looked interesting. The storyline was okay to begin with and then I felt it became drawn out. Once the skeleton was uncovered I became bored, but persevered until the end as I wanted to know how it ended.
If you’ve listened to books by Jane Fallon before, how does this one compare?
No this is the first one.
What aspect of Penelope Rawlins’s performance might you have changed?
Unfortunately I found the narrators 'voices' quite off putting. It was as if she was trying too hard.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
No, I don't think so.
Any additional comments?
Unfortunately it just didn't suit me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The higher-pitched voice of the narrator comes across as too young for the middle-aged protagonist, and her interpretation too cutesy for the plot and subject matter. At times, it verges on helium squeaks, while her attempt at male voices slides down the scale to stuffy growls. In a word, Rawlins' voice is absolutely wrong for a Fallon novel, and is - bottom line - highly off-putting. She does this book no favors.
Jen was a lovable character however I kind of wished she had just minded her own buisness when it came to her inlaws. My family has never been that close either in real life, so I could see her longing for the bond of a larger friendly surroundings. Most ever family has something to hide in their closets, I just wish she had not chosen to look for the skeletons in the Masterson's closet. Jason was a boring dud and one of those people you just want to say
"WHAT was I thinking kinda thing?"
My thoughts is Jen knew her and Shaun were a better match then her and Jason at 1st glance.
The ending was a bitter sweet one I suppose?
Im still out to lunch on that one.
Penelope Rawlins did a 5 star narration on a 3star Jane Fallon written material.
It's not the best from Fallon I've read or listened too? I'd say its worth a credit on a rainy day.
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