The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Unlucky in work, love, and life, the Andreas sisters return to their childhood home. Each sister has a secret she's unwilling to share -- each has come home to lick her own wounds. The Andreas family is an eccentric one. Books are their passion (There is no problem a library card can't solve), TV something other families watched. Their father -- a renowned professor of Shakespeare who communicates almost exclusively in verse -- named all three girls for great Shakespearean women -- Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia); as a result, the sisters find that they have a lot to live up to. With this burden, the Andreas sisters have a difficult time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the homebody and she eldest sister, the fast-living and mysterious middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Why can't Rose leave her hometown for the man she loves? Why has glamorous Bean come home from New York City with her tail between her legs, to the small college town she swore she'd leave as soon as she could? And why has Cordy suddenly resurfaced after years of gypsy living? Each sister has found her life nothing like she thought it would be -- and now, as they are faced with their parents' frailty and their own disappointments and setbacks, their usual quick salve of a book can't solve what ails them.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2011.
ISBN: 9780142428948
Branch Call Number: BROWN
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 30, 2018

I barely make it halfway through and stopped – I could not stand any of the characters and couldn’t muster up the patience to see their evolutions through the story.

CMLibrary_sdeason Dec 31, 2015

The harmony of the sister's lives reuniting is very well written and will appeal to readers who delight in eloquent language usage.

PBnuffsaid Jul 27, 2014

I listened to this as an audio book. The reader gets 4/5 stars.

Not sure what exactly caused me to want to read this book. I'm not particularly into Shakespeare, nor do I have sisters. Maybe it was the thought of a family who read all the time and since I don't have sisters.

Whatever it was, this book didn't fulfill what I wanted it to be. It took me forever to get through it. I would forget some days that I was even in the middle of the book, thus not reading it for a few days at a time. When I came back to it, I still didn't care.

The plot of this book plodded along. I couldn't figure out what the point was or where it was going. I don't need books to have a thrill ride and I like coming of age kind of books that don't seem to have a point until the twist at the end. This book didn't really have a twist, it was just a family of people dealing with their family of things. There was no big resolution at the end, they just made decisions that they had been trying to deal with throughout the story.

The narrator point of view bothered me. It seemed to be told from the sisters' point of view, but somehow outside of all of their points of view at the same time. I imagined the narrator to be Bean, but then the narrator would say something in the third person and reference "we" and I didn't know who was talking.

Also, the names Bean and Cordy bothered me. I always confused them. For some reason, in my mind, I imagined someone being named Bean to be the one who was the hippie, floater sister while someone named Cordy to be the one who is from NYC and dresses professionally all the time. I don't know, I was continually trying to place the name with the correct character in my head.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, unless you like books that don't seem to have a definite purpose.

love_my_library_card Dec 01, 2013

The audiobook version was good to listen to while commuting or doing mindless tasks. The story is nothing overly original but it has some well-written moments and I enjoyed the voice of the reader.

May 30, 2012

Brown takes a thoughtful look at sisters, their relationships and the impact birth order has on their perception of themselves and others. The Weird Sisters is a good read with just enough depth to make it interesting and just enough predictability to make it comfortably undemanding. A good pool side read.

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