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Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

Written by Kevin Wilson

Narrated by Marin Ireland


Nothing to See Here

Written by Kevin Wilson

Narrated by Marin Ireland

ratings:
4/5 (3,259 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Oct 29, 2019
ISBN:
9780062957863
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Catching fire…

Within a few tumultuous years, 10-year-old twins Bessie and Roland endure the dissolution of their family and the sudden death of their mom. But where other kids might deal with these traumas with tears and tantrums, the manifestation of the twins’ angst is a bit unusual: they catch on fire. (They’re fine, but other people, furniture, etc., are not.) As you might expect from the premise, this is an absurd and very funny book. What you might not expect is that it’s often quite heartwarming, as well.

Description

Kevin Wilson’s best book yet — a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other — and stay cool — while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her — urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet — a most unusual story of parental love.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 29, 2019
ISBN:
9780062957863
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Kevin Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Nothing to See Here, which was a Read with Jenna book club selection; The Family Fang, which was adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman; and Perfect Little World; as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award; and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, One Story, A Public Space, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.


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  • (5/5)
    A great book. Glad I chose it. Narrator great! It kept my attention the whole time.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this ! Such a great read! Really makes you think about parenthood - ❤️
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book! It got me back into reading and made me miss my days as a nanny. Heartwarming
  • (5/5)
    I loved the narrator. Cute story. Could not put it down.
  • (5/5)
    super entertaining and funny. loved the book. On my favorites list
  • (5/5)
    The weirdest cutest story I've read in a bit ?
  • (5/5)
    The narrator was great. She kept the story engaging and funny.
  • (5/5)
    Just an absolutely wonderful book, narrated to perfection. I wanted to know how it ended just as much as I wanted it to keep going.

    One of my favorite audiobooks. I’ll listen to this one again.
  • (5/5)
    I really loved this book. Witty and heartfelt! Definitely recommend.
  • (5/5)
    Unique and entertaining, I would definitely recommend to a friend.
  • (5/5)
    Entertaining, almost made me believe. One of those books you don’t want to end. Worth a listen or read- absolutely.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the story. In fact I resisted listening to this audio book based on the premise of someone bursting into flames I’m so glad I gave it a chance.
    The main characters were well developed and the narration was excellent!
  • (5/5)
    Ok, but how cute is this book! A really good and short read.
  • (5/5)
    Heartwarming. There were hilarious parts, but it was not goofy.
  • (4/5)
    It was a good story but not a lot background on why the kids caught on fire. Some holes in the story.
  • (1/5)
    Not really sure what the point of this book was. It had no substance. I felt like all I was doing was waiting for the purpose of it and then it was over.
  • (5/5)
    Gripping, hilarious, and extremely heartfelt!
    I loved it and I strongly recommend.
  • (4/5)
    The book was entertaining and light hearted, yet a bit depressing as well. The author develops each character such that we have sympathy for all of them. You kind of feel sorry for each one also, as they are all functioning with limited capacity of one sort or another. It kept my interest through to the end.
  • (5/5)
    This book made me cry in a good way ?
  • (3/5)
    As everyone says, it was quirky but heart warming. It talks abut the life of Lilian whose reputation is not the best due to a problem back in high school. She does not know what to do with her life and, therefore, her friend Madison asks her to take care of her husbands kids who (literally) catch on fire.

    This book talks about family in a deeper way (about the meaning of it, the types of family, the family relationships), about friendship and its hardships, and life in general.

    It was an interesting book, nothing much to say. It was cute how Lilian connected to the children who catch on fire. However, it did not leave any impact on me (maybe just the hard stuff the children talk about their mom).

    Totally recommended to those people who search for a new type of story and does not know what to read, maybe just to spend the time of the day.
  • (5/5)
    This was an out of left-field suggestion following my audio-book enjoyment of “I Suck at Girls” and “Shit my Dad Said”.

    While I will certainly praise the writing- later - I must admit that I quickly shuffled (within 1 minute each) past the 3 previous audiobooks suggested prior to this one because I Couldn’t Stand The Narrators!!

    I’m picky about narration because I have such a lively and interesting narrator voice of my own in my head when I read, that it literally PAINS me to listen to narration that feels wrong.

    The narrator for this book is Fabulous! Love her! She captured the beautiful nuance of all the characters & made the writing shine.

    This witty, quirky story of very imperfect people & the heartbreak that self centered rich people and selfish parents inflict on the vulnerable, ended up truly heartwarming.

    Beautiful, fun writing with believable dialogue amidst the crazy premise. Enjoyed every minute of listening. Now I’m headed to read Kevin Wilson’s words with my Eyes instead of hears. I’m hoping my inner narration will match the work of the narrator for this book. She deserves a raise!!
  • (4/5)
    Crazy entertaining book. The concept a so out there and I really do T know what possessed me to listen to it. I have had the ebook in my library forever and thought well i have access to the audiobook, why not? It was hilarious, wild, outrageous, and sad all at the same time. I think Michelle Ireland is now my favorite narrator. If you want something a little different to shake up your reading style, then this book is it.
  • (5/5)
    A cute chuckle kind of book. I read it for something different and like it
  • (5/5)
    Great book! The narration was excellent and the story was humourous
  • (5/5)
    This book was quirky and refreshingly funny. I would certainly recommend.
  • (5/5)
    The narration is excellent the book us so funny and poignant. Good stuff.
  • (3/5)
    Heartwarming but predictable. None of the characters will ever be memorable but the novel is okay like an afternoon hallmark channel show.
  • (5/5)
    Interesting concept, spontaneous human combustion. I found the writing style refreshing and humorous. Very "modern," I suppose one could say. The performance was excellent. I loved the way she changed voices just enough to know it was a different character speaking but not so much that the narrative and conversations were confusing. Really, really enjoyed this story.
  • (4/5)
    The reader did an amazing job. The good is good as well.
  • (5/5)
    This was great! Interesting characters and a wholly original plot.