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We Need to Talk About Kevin movie tie-in: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lionel Shriver

Narrated By: Coleen Marlo

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: December 2011

Duration: 16 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

Eva never really wanted to be a mother—and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

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  • Ms M

    The first 15 hours of this book were painfully slow and excruciating to get through.

  • Maria Nelson

    3.5 is what I actually rate this book. The last hour or so made it worth my time even though it was sick and twisted. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this book but I'd give the caveat that it doesn't get interesting until the end.

  • Katie Crane

    Could not get through the first hour of it. Main character is pretentious and annoying.

  • Holly Harrison

    The narrator was brilliant, her voice made you feel every pull on her cold heart string. Asking the age old question of nature versus nurture was Kevin born evil or was he made that way. His mother never got to connect with him but was it because she was missing something or was it that he lacked something? Told through the narrator as letters to her husband it dictates Kevin’s life from before he was in the womb all the way to when he commits the murders to where he now sits in prison. An emotionally unnerving tale but an excellent one!

  • M K

    I *loved* this book. It depressed and disturbed me--even though I didn't necessarily enjoy the way I felt through the whole reading, the book made such an impact on me that I was thinking about it for days afterwards. The writing is a little overblown, but that suits the narrator to a tee. This is in no way a feel-good read, so know what you're getting into.