About mini reviews:
Maybe you’re not an audio book person, or maybe you are. I provide mini reviews of audio books and give a recommendation on the format. Was this book improved by a voice actor? Would a physical copy have been better? Perhaps they complement each other? Read on. . .
Terry McMillan follows a large cast of characters as they struggle to learn what it means to be good family, how to find a path in life, and when to hold their tongues. I didn’t find it hard to keep the characters straight, at all. Primarily, though, are three middle-age sisters with adult children trying to hold on to the reigns of life as it gallops out of control. Who Asked You? is narrated by several voice actors, all of whom do a splendid job. Yet, I wish this work were abridged so that the dialogue tags were clearer. Phylicia Rashad in particular doesn’t alter her voice for different characters when they have a conversation. Terry McMillan reads the role of Nurse Kim, and her crusty voice ended up being my favorite, as she so endearingly gave this inappropriate, Harry Potter-loving in-home nurse that extra something.
My favorite aspect of the book was the way one character would narrate a scene and be a perfectly civilized human. The next chapter, though, we’d get the point of view of the other person in that exact same scene and nothing was the same. The first person ended up looking and sounding offensive and short-tempered. Isn’t that life, though? We never remember things the same as others, especially our siblings and parents.
Distinct characters make this a good choice to listen to listen; however, I think I could have happily read the physical copy.