With all of the great reviews I had high hopes for this book. Thought the main character would be an anti-hero similar to The Goldfinch but it wasn't. I didn't care about this guy at all. For a guy who loses his hand not much else happens. I think the narrator read it the way it was meant to be read which was too dry for my taste.
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
In the weirdest, strangest, most peculiar way, John Irving strikes again and again at our essence as humans. He may not be everyone's cup of tea, but he sure is mine.
Garp would hate this book. Dog poop Lacrosse is the only "John Irving" element in the book. I did listen to the entire book; it is well read.
The reader was good. So much for nice things to say. This book is so bad it's beyond being reviewed. You have the feeling throughout that the main character is such an egomaniac that he doesn't even realize what a bore he is. Truly, except for the references to the lion attack, NOTHING happens.
I, too, kept listening, believing there would be something good to come out of this book. I finished it and was amazed how stupid and unbelievable it was!
I got the feeling the author included insignificant and unnecessary matters in the story to make it last longer. I found both Patrick and Doris, the main characters, weird-- They deserve each other.
I didn't find The Fourth Hand funny, but rather boring and a waste of time.
I would guess that this could best be described as a love story. I did not find it particularly funney. There is not much of a plot. On the positive side it has lots of very interesting characters. I am not sorry I listened to it but would not recommend it to anyone who is not a fan of the author.
I couldnt stop listening because I kept expecting something to happen, but it never did. I found it extremely boring.
I give it a thumbs down. I quit after listening for one and a half hours and it was not going anywhere - just telling over and over how he got his hand bit off by a lion. I was ready for the character to at least start moving on toward some new place as the title implies; presumably the guy ends up with four metaphorical hands after losing one. The problem with an audio book is that you can't skip ahead when the author gets bogged down as he does here.
This book was recommended, amazingly, by an Audible Employee. Most recommendations from online help have been really good, but this book was not only weird, but I felt "dirty" at the end. Plot was slow and boring and very strange. I would not recommend this to anyone.