By: Bonnie Nadzam
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Published by: Blackstone Audio 09/2011
Unabridged- 5hrs and 53 mins
Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle-aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when he decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her to the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.
Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of love and dependency that challenges the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, confronts preconceived notions about conventional morality, and exposes mankind’s eroded relationship with nature.
I received a copy of this audio book from Blackstone Audio for reviewing purposes.
How to begin to describe a book that was superb, but about one the most disturbing subjects I've ever read or listen to, and the mere thought of using a good adjective when describing this book makes me feel extremely uncomfortable, but I'm completely unable to denied I was captivated form word one.
The story of middle age David Lamb, a man sickly and perversely infatuated with an 11-year-old girl it’s one of the most uneasy but riveting listens I have ever experienced. Ms. Nadzam brilliantly takes you inside David Lamb’s world,where this disturbed and delusional character is convinced there is nothing wrong with the kidnapping of eleven year –old Tommie and truly deems his actions are for Tommie's own good, In fact, he really believes in this young, and vulnerable little girl’s capacity to make her own decisions (or doesn't he?) - and because of that capacity she has greedily agreed to take a road trip with him, while all along we have been privy to his unforgivable, and soothe manipulation.
I’m in awe at the incredible display of talent that takes to write a book that grabs you as if saying "look at it... Don’t close your eyes sweetheart..Look at it" and so I did.
There’s nothing graphic or sexual, but a naked psychological ride to an extremely uncomfortable place - where every passage in their story is suspenseful and foreboding in the strangest and uneasiest way imaginable, and all the while the compelling- brilliant narrative and beautiful language try to distill (and at times succeeding) this otherwise twisted and haunting story.
As upsetting and disturbing this book was for me, especially as a mother of a nine –year–old girl, and all too aware of millions of David Lambs and Tommies in this world, I do recognized how exceptionally well it was written, and how eagerly I’m to debate what the author untimely tried to convey. Was the point to make us feel compassion for Lamb or merely to point out his manipulative nature?
I know my maternal instincts and prejudices prevent me for accepting any excuses for Lamb's behavior, you would have to listen and make you own conclusions.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely!! if you are aware of the topic and you enjoy a raw, brilliantly written psychological thriller.
I like to thank Blackstone Audio for the opportunity.
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I don’t have enough words to describe the magnificent and outstanding job by Tavia Gilbert.
The brilliant narrative of this book was exceptionally well performed, as well as all the characters in the story.
She approached David Lambs’ personality in a particularly natural and realistic way, but as to leave you no room to doubt his narcissistic, disturbed and delusional grandiosity, without overlooking the charming side these individuals so often possess.
Her performance of Tommie was incredibly real - it truly conveyed her vulnerability, innocence and youthful insecurities.
Ultimately this was an excellent portrayal and delivery of this fantastic but hunting psychological thriller.