Audiobook CD - 2014
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A moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427239327
Branch Call Number: TALK ROWELL CD
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca


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CMRNGA Apr 27, 2015

Sorry, this is my first review at the library- hope it is in the right place!

I read Eleanor and Park and love the story and the characters, but it was a bit young for me so I was excited to see Rowell had written a novel about adults. I checked out the audio version on Landline.
Horrible book. So sad I listened to this book and destroyed my impression of RR as an author.
Are their really women who think like Georgie? Put up with Neal's passive/aggressive anger and emotional coldness?
In this day and age are we really still at the point where a man taking care of his own children deserves worship? This book was incredibly depressing as the author twists Georgie from a competent, successful adult into a whiny, sniveling pathetic shell of a women who must apologize for her success and must sabotage and sacrifice her career to fulfill her husband's negative narcissism. What is so sad is that they have a completely traditional relationship, only she is the breadwinner. And a good one at that. She and her writing partner are just on the cusp of getting their dream show on network television. So of course Neal decides he has to punish Georgie by imploding their marriage and derailing the show- jeopardizing the careers of three people. All this despite the fact that at one time he considered joining the military. Did he think every soldier gets to go home every holiday? Yeah right.
Then you get to the eponymous conceit of the the land-line. Is it all in her head? Is she really holding a link between dimensions? Who cares! She is equally pathetic in either one. For example- how can a woman who has given birth TWICE still have no idea what a placenta is? How pathetic is she that she can't manage to buy an IPhone charger in LA?!
If you need to read a book that romanticizes an emotionally abusive relationship and infantalizes successful women then this is the book for you!

Aug 13, 2014

Beautiful writing, really beautiful story, beautiful characters. Neil Georgie and Seth are memorable characters. They came off the pages and existed. The hilarious references to sitcoms and dramas of the 80s and 90s are laugh out loud funny. To build a genius novel around the concept of the dying landline is incredibly impressive. If Rowell's name is attached to it, I'm reading it.


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