Jun 092017

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by Kimberly Farr

Listening Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Random House Audio
Audible.com Release Date: April 25, 2017

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.

With the stylistic brilliance and subtle power that distinguish the work of this great writer, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction, with characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned.

My Thoughts
I think I liked this even better than I did My Name Is Lucy Barton. I loved the way the stories connected one to the other. I liked being introduced to these new characters and their stories.

One of my favorite characters was Tommy. I thought his story was really interesting and liked that he had such a good heart. I like that Strout used not so familiar names, and that her characters were so real, emotional, and vulnerable.

I’ve read a lot of reviews of this book where people said that they thought there were too many characters. I usually don’t like a lot of different characters either, and if the book had been one continuous story I might have had a hard time following along. But since it was a book of short stories that didn’t bother me. When one story ended, it was like going on to another book. I wish I could explain it better, but the point is it didn’t bother me at all.

Kimberly Farr did a great job with the narration. It was very easy to listen to.

I’ve loved both books that I’ve read by this author, and now I’ve added Olive Kitteridge to my “to read list”.

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  14 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout”

  1. I wouldn’t think a book like this would work well on audio but I’m glad to see it did since I like inter-connected short stories too.

  2. I wish I could listen to the audio when I’m at work. Our drive in is too short and hectic so, not sure when I could fit in audio.
    I have heard more people say they liked this book best, have to try it soon.

    • I drive 1/2 hr. to work and another 1/2 hr. back, so that gives me at least an hour to listen. I also listen sometimes while taking a walk, exercising, cleaning the house, cooking, and doing puzzles/coloring books.

  3. I’ll keep the audiobook in mind – this has been on my list so I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

  4. I haven’t read anything by this author yet. Glad you enjoyed the audiobook version.

  5. I’m glad you liked this one. I love this author but havent read this one yet. I might like it better than the Lucy Barton one, which wasn’t my favorite of hers. Nice review, thanks.

  6. I liked this better than Lucy Barton, too, and would love to reread it one day. When I do, it will be audio this time. Great review.

  7. Our book club read Lucy Barton a few months ago so I think this would be a great follow-up while it’s still fresh.

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