Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Audiobook Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

From Goodreads:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Writing
Rowell continues to amaze me with the diversity of her writing, particularly her characterizations.  She's done high school well, college well, young professional life well, and now married life.  I love that she doesn't have a schtick.  If you didn't know she was the author, you wouldn't read a paragraph and recognize the characters or the dialogue or tone from any of her other books.  She just does women, particularly, really, really well.  This book is no exception.  Her characters are lovably flawed and truly believable.  There's something to identify with in all of them.  As with her other books, she also manages to walk the line between cheesiness and heart, humor and cliche with no missteps.

Entertainment Value
For me, this was the right book at the right time.  It's really nice every now and then to be reminded of why I love being married, and this book is like a love song to marriage, especially the hard parts of marriage.  I think there's a pretty broad appeal for readers too.  It focuses on marriage, but it's not something that I think you wouldn't enjoy if you aren't married.  If you live and have relationships with anyone, there are parts of this book that will speak to you.

Narration
Incredibly well done.  I loved the narrator and thought her voice and acting were perfect for the book.  My only complaint was that I couldn't speed through it the way I would have zipped through if I were reading - although that really worked out to benefit me.  I got to soak in every word.

Overall
I can't say enough great things about Rowell in general and this book in particular.  It totally deserves all of the excellent reviews I've seen and I'd be confident in passing it on to pretty much any of my readers.

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