Saturday, August 31, 2013

Audio Book Review: Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin

Flat Water TuesdayFlat Water Tuesday by Ron  Irwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rob Carey is a teenager that comes from a working class family and goes to an elite private school (thanks to a scholarship) for a year of rowing. Rob is a rower. Rob has a chip on his shoulder. The world is against Rob. Rob is angry at the world. Rob is a teenager. This is a coming of age story, twice over. We meet Rob as a teenager trying to prove himself to everyone (while making it look like he just doesn't care). And we also meet Rob as an adult, now a documentary videographer going through a tough time in his life and relationship with his girlfriend. In both situations, Rob needs to grow up.

The author characterized the self obsessed mentality of a teenager that is burdened with a lot of angst extremely well. The writing is pretty good and the story flows well. But, to be honest, I think this is all thanks to the narrator, he did a superb job of infusing life into this rather boring story. If this was a paper book, instead of an audiobook, I do not think I would have finished it. I was bored throughout most of the book and groaned every time I realized how many CDs were left. The main character just bored me as an adult. As a teenager, he was far more interesting.

The book was slow moving. The character was annoying sometimes. And the story could have been so much better. The saving grace of this book was the amazing job the narrator did to give it some life.


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