AUDIO: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Review published on July 6, 2018.

A family story with a difference. The saga of three generations of an unusual clan, slow-moving but fascinating.

This is a little, in my mind, like The Royal Tenenbaums – a ‘gifted’ clan, who for one reason or another have problems in their lives, it feels meandering – there isn’t much in the way of ‘action’ but with several characters to follow, it doesn’t flag or feel overlong.

The Telemachus family have special skills – psychic abilities, seeing the future, moving telekinesis. They were even famous and featured on television… before the family was shattered. In the present, the family are floundering, the next generation still reeling from their history and ‘gifts’.

A story where a family’s powers are real? While it feels like it should be a fantasy, I soon simply accepted this anomaly and sat back to accept the various Telemachus’ special gifts and watch their journeys over the years.

It reminded me of some of Jonathan Franzen’s fiction, the scope and family-wide story. The novel worked well on audiobook, with an engaging narrator covering both male and female voices with ease.

It feels quite long, but I did enjoy the length and seeing what would happen to each character, every storyline was engaging and it was an original and fresh idea, well presented and darkly humorous.

Katy Noyes 4/4

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Riverrun B072188T6C audiobook Jun 2017

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