Too Much Happiness: Stories (Unabridged)
Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers—the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.
In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other stories uncover the “deep-holes” in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a boy’s disfigured face provides both the good things in his life and the bad. And in the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky—a late-nineteenth-century Russian émigré and mathematician—on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and, Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.
With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.
Too Much Happiness is a compelling, provocative—even daring—collection.
I'm usually careful when buying audiobooks because they're expensive. So I'm really kicking myself for not checking reviews for this book and buying it on impulse. I only bought it because the description made it sound like it was worth my time/money.
If you like emotionless stories that go on endlessly then end unexpectedly, this book is for you. The narrator would begin a new story and I'd do a mental double-take to be sure I didn't accidentally forward to the next chapter (or story). The characters are so flat enough that I'd sometimes have no idea who the narrator is talking about.
And don't get me started on the narrator's version of a male voice. She always seem to have this mock-macho, grunty male voice when reading for male characters, young and old. I'm a regular listener to PRI short stories, and I've yet to hear a female reader who made men sound so comically cocky.
There's not a single redeeming quality to this audiobook. If only there was an option for returning audiobooks - what a waste of $23.95.