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The Gifted School

A Novel
Lu par : January LaVoy
Durée : 13 h et 53 min
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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Instant national best seller

"Wise and addictive...The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I've read in ages...a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class." (J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers, in The New York Times)

Smart and juicy, an addictive novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community

This deliciously sharp novel captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege. 

Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. Seen through the lens of four families who've been a part of one another's lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group's children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. It's a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.

©2019 Bruce Holsinger (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Commentaires

"[A] timely and relevant read for the summer." (Oprahmag.com)

"An insular epic that questions the notion of meritocracy, the hypocrisy of white liberalism, and the politics that trickle from the adult world down to their children." (The Paris Review

"Addictive, whip-smart, acutely observed, and sharply funny, The Gifted School trains its lens on a community where a talented child is a social commodity and asks how far some families might be willing to go in pursuit of status. A delicious read." (Gilly Macmillan, New York Times best-selling author of What She Knew)

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  • AudreyLM
  • 05/07/2019

Brilliant story AND Narration

I rarely post reviews in Audible; more often on Amazon, but this narrator, January LaVoy, deserves a shout out. I've downloaded well over 1000 titles on Audible in the past ten years, and I've learned that even a really great story can be ruined by subpar narration (when I even notice the narration after a few chapters, that's a problem). Narration should flow with the story. It requires a fine actor to do it well, especially with multiple characters and one narrator doing all the roles. Many women have one only one "man voice" and it doesn't sound like any man I've ever heard. Most narrators can't do children. This narrator does it all seamlessly! I did notice the narration throughout this book (paradoxically after my earlier comment) but only to marvel. The ten or so main characters, men and women, all had distinctive believable voices. The children were done perfectly. Hats off to you January LaVoy!! Really superb job.

Oh yes the story. I loved it. So smart, so richly textured (so many interwoven plot themes but all beautifully blended). A really hard look at today's culture of "tiger parents" and overly stressed children being raised, even when with good intentions, to become the stressed out anxiety-ridden young people we see on college campuses today (I work on one). Also, funny, wise, poignant and ultimately uplifting. Just a brilliant literary experience all around.

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  • adele weilhammer
  • 02/08/2019

This Narrator is amazing

While Holsinger writes a very interesting storyline, one that is far too relevant with respect to today’s unscrupulous headlines, January LaVoy is astounding in her narration. She has so many different voices in her repertoire and transitions between them with ultimate fluidity!!
This book was quite a joy

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  • william
  • 04/07/2019

Disappointing

Great start but fizzles midway. Halfway through the book I started to play the audio at 1.5 speed in hopes I’d get through the boring parts. I wondered why I’d lost interest so looked on line for any reviews. The following paragraph written by Lily Meyer in her NPR book review says it all:

“As is, reading The Gifted School is an exercise in frustration, with only the sourest glimmers of schadenfreude. Unlike the real-life college admissions scandal, the cheating on offer here is too familiar to be entertaining. The bad behavior is predictable enough that the novel's suspense leaches away by its midpoint, leaving us with nothing left to do but wonder if four privileged children will get into a magnet school.”

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  • Almost a Hermit Thanks to Online Shopping
  • 23/07/2019

loved it! couldn't stop listening :-)

anyone who has kids or teaches or deals with highly competitive people always trying to keep up with the Joneses, this book is for you you're really going to like it

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  • Rich Tanguy
  • 03/11/2019

Much Better Than Expected -

Having some experience in the culture, I was expecting a condemning story about cliched families of entitlement and social climbing. I was expecting something similar to Big Little Lies. This is so much more. The relationships are believable and the story lines are possible (well, there are a few stretches). IT was much more suspenseful that I expected. I really enjoyed this book. I hope that when they put this on the screen, they don't fall into the trap of using big name stars.

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  • Janis Fall
  • 26/07/2019

A little like work.

I spent over 40 years working in the gifted and talented field. This felt like many of the issues I dealt with. The drama at the end was so fun!

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  • Stephanie Shindler
  • 13/07/2019

Oye

The description of the book portrays it as suspenseful (I don't what book that person read), wise (hmm, no), addictive (I had invested so much time I had to finish but it was a CHORE and a suspenseful, addictive book IS NOT a chore), and JUICY? Again, hmmm, I think it may be possible that I listened to a completely different book from the reviewer. None of the characters were likable. At all. And no one makes the decisions they made with the background or experience they had. It was nonsensical. And the big "surprise"?? Made. No. Sense. I do not recommend spending almost 14 hours of your life slogging through.

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  • TS
  • 12/07/2019

Depressing

This book (in fact the audio version) was reviewed on NPR very positively. So, I downloaded it. I guess you could call it "entertaining" in a kind of "look at the train-wreck" frame of mind.
The writing was okay. Sadly, the characters were "card-boardish". The men, (apparently all Americans) were depicted as basic "wusses"--not a courageous, dimensional personality trait among them. The women were presented as neurotic, over achieving half-wits, void of simple problem solving skills. The one "ethnic" personality (s) depicted (Hispanic) were revealed as subservient victims which somehow placed them in heroic archetypal roles. The children were sociopathic, whiners. At the end of the novel, I wanted to say: that's America!? What happened to courage, perseverance; rising above challenges and exceptionalism. Occasionally some off beat comment about "the president of the USA" chimed in in a negative manner--not sure what that was about. Couched in the same confusion, the term "progressive" was tossed around...not sure what that was about either. It was just a kind of disappointing, depressive depiction of American privilege and failure. Happily, it is fiction...hopefully, anyway.

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  • Cassie
  • 13/04/2020

Read it for the narration!

3.5 stars overall but I can’t round up to four for various reasons. Overall I enjoyed the novel but I have to say I don’t know if I would have finished if not for the outstanding narration. January LaVoy brought this story to life. She brilliantly conveyed various ages, genders, accents, etc. In some male scenes I forgot I was listening to a female narrator.

The novel overall was entertaining. Just enough humor to keep it light and just enough mystery to make me want to know what happened. However, I wasn’t truly invested in any of the characters and i kept waiting to experience some growth but it never came, except maybe for Tessa, one of the children. I also feel a major flaw was that the author chose to only tell the story from the perspective of select characters. I feel like we really missed out on some perspective. Azra for example, brought some common sense and even-keel to the group and i would have loved her thoughts. It was wordy. The first quarter of the book I had to keep reminding myself which kid belonged to which adult. There was a ton of build up, then the blow up, then an abrupt ending. I would have liked to know more of what happened more after.

Overall, I was entertained and enjoyed the social and political commentary on present-day parenting as it pertains to school, sports, extra curricular a and the lengths parents will go for their children. If you liked Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes, this would be a good listen.

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  • Sail Boy
  • 09/10/2019

Satire? Social commentary?

I enjoyed this book very much because of the subject (obsessive parents trying hard to creat super kids of their talented but ordinary children), but also because the way the story flowed from one family to another, all intertwined in ways the reader will never guess. The prose is different enough to be somewhat fresh, and the approach just humorous enough (A Man Called Ove?) to take the edge off the cutting social commentary. The best part of the audiobook, however, was the narrator, who enlivened the story with voices while not distracting from the narrative.

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