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The Virgin Suicides

Lu par : Nick Landrum
Durée : 8 h et 33 min
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This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.
©1993 Jeffrey Eugenides (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critiques

"Eugenides' voice is so fresh and compelling, his powers of observation so startling and acute, that most will be mesmerized....This is an auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A finely crafted work of literary if slightly macabre imagination....A black, glittering novel that won't be to everyone's taste but must be tried by readers looking for something different." ( Library Journal)
"Mr. Eugenides is blessed with the storyteller's most magical gift, the ability to transform the mundane into the extraordinary." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Lexi Lou
  • 06/11/2013

Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook

What did you love best about The Virgin Suicides?

I purchased this audiobook and was so disappointed when I found I could not tolerate listening to it. The problem was the slow, monotone voice of the narrator. I couldn't take it anymore, as listening became painful and I could not follow the story as my mind wandered. I read many similar complaints in the reviews.
I came back to the book a couple months later and tried it again. This time, I set audible.com's listening app to play it at 1.25 speed instead of the default 1. I was amazed. The audible experience became perfect, as it was meant to be. I do not believe the problem was with the narrator in the first place. I believe the track was slowed down for some reason in post production the the chagrin of may listeners.
If you tried listening to this book and simply could not get past the first chapter without wanting to tear your hair out, do yourself a favor and increase the speed of playback one notch. You will be surprised how wonderful this book, and it's narrator truly are.

Any additional comments?

Must be played at 1.25 speed to hear original recording.

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  • Anna
  • 01/10/2010

good listen.

This book kept me engaged. While others noted somewhat negatively about the simplicity of the story telling and odd perspective (as told by the neighborhood boys), I thought that hearing about the fascinating albeit tragic story from an outside view added to it's intrigue. I have not seen the movie and I think this added to my ability to let the vague storytelling encourage my imagination.
Beauty, youth, family issues, crime, sex, and mystery... this story has it all and is told in a way that is thought provoking. I look forward to listening to other books from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/05/2006

Heartbreaking - but Wonderful!

Having first listened to the masterpiece, Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, I thought that I might be disappointed by the initial offering from this author. I needn’t have worried!. The Virgin Suicides is just a terrific novel. Although absolutely heartbreaking, the story provides the listener with hope and a sense of peace. Nick Landrum is superb in his reading of the story and I defy any listener to have dry eyes during the final 5 minutes of his narration. I can’t wait for the next offering from Mr. Eugenides, who is, in my view, the best author out there.

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  • Lori
  • 26/09/2010

Interesting but plotless

This book was interesting, but really didn't go anywhere. I too loved Middlesex and while this book has an interesting premise, it doesn't go much beyond that. You know the ending by the title, and I kept waiting for a surprise. The surprise is, there is no surprise. Didn't hate it, and don't consider it a waste of time, but I was disappointed.

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  • Kerry
  • 15/11/2011

narrator fine

I am writing mostly to voice disagreement with previous reviewers regarding the narrator. I enjoyed the book and thought the narration was fine. The pace was possibly a bit slow, but overall I thought it was a good reading and certainly did not detract from my enjoyment in a significant way.

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  • Michael
  • 16/05/2006

SAMPLE BEFORE BUYING

The direction and/or narration of this audiobook is so slow that it makes the book almost incomprehensible. Each comma is a paragraph, each period a chapter. What remains is an exercise in focused concentration, for holding onto the subject of a sentence from start to finish is truely a task.

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  • Jane
  • 27/10/2015

A study in style

Much as I admired and sometimes revelled in the sheer style and beauty of the writing, this novel left me cold cold cold and empty. Beautiful, but ultimately futile. Which I think was precisely the point.

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  • Sara
  • 14/09/2006

Tedious

I tried to like it. I really did. I LOVED Middlesex but I found my mind wandering while I was listening to this book and never developed any feeling for the characters.

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  • joyce
  • 23/04/2017

Disappointed

I finally forced myself to listen to this book on the 4th try. I kept trying because I loved Jeffrey Eugenides previous book. It is hard to identify what I didn't like about it. I think it was the narrator. The book came across as somewhat slow, boring and depressing. The book was written by a man and was read by what sounded like a young man and yet the main story was about the 5 sisters. I think I took offense to the fact that the girl's feelings, thoughts and motivations were being told to me by men who would know nothing about their inner lives nor what happened inside their home. The writing was good, very good at times and I really enjoyed the last couple of hours of the book.
However I am not sure I would recommend the book.

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  • Malia
  • 21/03/2013

Recommended Listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes- for anyone who's watched the film, the book is a great companion with expanded detail and "flavor".

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favorite character, they were all portrayed well by Eugenides. I don't know if it were possible to have a favorite. You feel like you knew them well, and didn't know them at all.

What does Nick Landrum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've listened to all of the Dexter books narrated by Nick Landrum and I like his voice. It doesn't "get in the way" of the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There was a film! Don't know the tagline, but I'm sure it's just as vague as the deep story.

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  • folgren
  • 23/08/2008

In der Siedlung

Was treibt Menschen in den Selbstmord? Angehörige wie Freunde stehen nach einer solchen Tat vor einem unlösbaren Rätsel, wenn nicht eine Krankheit oder eine tiefe seelische Verletzung als Begründung anhand sind. Eugenides faszinierender Roman behält das Geheimnis bei und schildert auf erschreckende Weise, wie eine Tragödie vonstatten geht. Die fünf Schwestern der Familie Lisbon scheinen auf unheilvolle Weise miteinander verknüpft zu sein. Doch selbst der sich beim Leser schnell aufdrängende Verdacht des sexuellen Missbrauchs bestätigt sich vordergründig nicht. Eugenides läßt uns mit dem Geschehen allein und liefert keine schnellen erlösenden Erklärungen. Das Haus der Familie Lisbon wird von Tag zu Tag unheimlicher. Wo zuvor die Verehrer der Schwester davon angezogen wurden, stellt sich plötzlich heraus, dass sie eingesperrt werden. Hat es einen religiösen Hintergrund? Sind die Eltern verrückt? Thema des Romans ist das Wegsehen, das Geschehen lassen, über das alle sich wundern, wenn die Katastrophe über einen hinwegfegt. Das Berühmte, es war doch so eine nette Familie, das einem aus den Nachrichten entgegen schallt, gilt hier nicht. Die Familie Lisbon ist äußerst auffällig, und trotzdem steuert sie ungehindert auf die Tragödie zu. Eugenides ist mit dem Roman ein tiefer Einblick in die Verwerfungen und das Scheitern der Moral gelungen.

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  • Anna
  • 28/02/2015

What a wonderful and haunting story!

I really enjoyed hearing this audiobook, I feel like everything was just perfect:

This story about five young girls (between 13 and 17) that happen to kill themselves in the passing of just one year is so haunting, mysterious, depressing, but most of all: It's excellently told. And with this I'm addressing both the author and the narrator.

I recommend this audiobook for everyone.