Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
OK - I know that heading is way too corny but you should be thankful you don't have to read the other ones I came up with :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book - I'm on my 3rd listen since I used my very first Audible credit to get it - over 100 books later I still rate it in my top 5 of all time! If you are religious in an "uptight-don't-make-jokes-about-the-Bible-or-you-will-burn-in hell" way then you probably won't like it - a sense of humor is a requirement for this one. I think Jesus would have laughed his ass off reading this - so lighten up already and enjoy the holy genius that Christopher Moore has to offer.
I so thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece that I've broken my policy of only one listen per book - I've listened to it twice and I'm predicting I'll be doing it again at some point. You know that feeling when you just want to finally get a good book that doesn't take itself too seriously but is extremely well written? One that will lighten your step and make you look forward to your drive to work? Well, this is that book. The bonus for me was learning about King Lear and his court without having read the Shakespeare original. Yes, it contains incredibly filthy language - but it's the wonderfully wicked kind and an English accent always makes dirty words sound less dirty right? The narration is to die for - simply perfect - the characters are loveable and absurd - I couldn't ask for more (pun avoided - you're welcome.)
Combine "The Office" with "The Borg" from Star Trek and you'll get an idea of what this book has in store for you. The characters are people easily recognizable by anyone who's ever worked in a cube farm or a large company - some are sad, some are scary and some are downright like-able - all have that sense of realism to them that makes them familiar. I enjoyed the dark humor and twisted take on how easily employees can be manipulated by gossip, clueless management techniques, and the whims of "upper management". This was a fun read overall and I think it would make a fantastic movie or TV series.
No matter where you go, there you are.
To be honest, this book never had a chance. The reader was so inept and distracting, I put it aside and will go to my local independent bookseller!