This book brought me to tears repeatedly. I cried from sadness, shame, pity, love, beauty and happiness. I never cry.
I'm glad that I listened to this book. I feel changed for the better because I took the time out of my busy life to contemplate; and that is what I think was the authors purpose, but I would never want to experience it again. This story is so heavy, heady, and well written that its like therapy for the soul. It was a cathartic read.
Maybe. I don't usually listen to the same book twice.
3 narrators are very realistic without being overly dramatic.
Most definately, and to children who are age appropriate. I think my son's high school class is reading it for school. It's a very nice way to introduce the 9/11 issues and human nature, as well as other tragedies of war and socieities.
I loved the way the author mingled the stories of the wars together and the passion the son had for his father was so obvious and well, I liked a lot of things!
No, it was too enjoyable to listen to quickly...I liked savoring it and then I rented the movie and enjoyed that as well.
The characters, whether improbably or realistic, came alive throughout the narrative.
Oscar was my favorite character for his simplicity and brilliance
Mr. Black the upstairs neighbor was well performed
No. It was much too intense to listen to all at once. In addition, it was so well written and narrated I wanted to savor it.
The first thing I thought when I heard the premise of this story -- boy loses dad in 9/11 -- was that it would be another story capitalizing on the extreme emotions of that day. While we all remember emotional reactions, looks back at the subject tend to be schmaltzy and overdone, showing the tears and fear but somehow missing the "thing," the reality of the event, exchanged for melodrama.
Luckily, this story was not one of "those" stories. Instead, it's a story of a boy, coping, who in a quest to learn something about his father meets people all across New York. The community he finds -- a gathering of also-lonely people -- reveals that even within the often-isolated nature of a big city, people are willing to connect.
I was less thrilled with the subplot. His grandmother's story of love and abandonment, of avoidance and loss of language, seemed directly contrary to her grandson's ability to reach out and connect. Perhaps that was the point, but her story just made me depressed.
Still, the book is worthwhile. Well read by a small cast, the audiobook tells the true story of tragedy: what comes after. Now I just need to see the movie and see how it compares.
Trimmed out all of the fat. This audiobook would probably be 4 hours shorter if Foer didn't insist on repeating so many things over and over.
The narrators did well, but nothing spectacular or moving about their performance. To be fair though, the material they had to work with was very bland.
I started listening to this book expecting a wonderful, albeit sad, story about a boy dealing with the tragic loss of his father. What I got was a story that jumps back and forth between so many time periods and historical events (half of which have absolutely nothing to do with the main narrative) that you need a road map to remember where you were when the author finally finds his way back to the actual story. I know that many others did not like the story involving the main characters grandparents, but to me it was probably the most interesting part of the book. That being said, it was not really needed and would have been better as a short story on its own. Another major issue with this book is how mind numbingly repetative it is! If I had to listen to the letter from Stephen Hawking one more time (in parts of the book where it simply did not belong) I think I would've thrown my iPhone out of my car window! And that's only one small example of how things are repeated over and over in this book. This book had real potential to be wonderful, but it fell spectacularly short of even being readable. Honestly, if I were actually reading the book and not listening to it, I probably would've given up on it very quickly. Not worth the 1 credit it cost...and definitely not worth the hours of my life spent listening to it.
I was so moved by this elegantly told love story. The relationships are complex and each character's story is unique but completely accessible and relatable. From losing a loved one to finding stability among chaos, the story touches the most basic human experiences...love and loss and the beauty and fear behind both. The performers that brought each character to life were equally brilliant. Wonderful.
Journey for Acceptance
The kid. It was 90% about him and the story about his grandparents was kind of unnecessary and boring.
It was child-like, which was appropriate given the protagonist.
It was made into a movie and the movie was better. I didn't like the ending of the book, but they changed the ending in the movie and it made MUCH more sense and was definitely better.
Most of the book was good, everything 9/11 was good as was the relationships between the kid and his parents. But I didn't like the ending and I didn't really see the point in the grandparent story. It didn't add anything to the story.
I laughed. I cried- a lot. Great narrators. Amazing story. I wanted to listen to it before I saw the movie- which I still haven't seen. I love the relationship between the grandparents. This is a must listen for anyone who likes emotional stories.
Excellent story telling, excellent narration. I can see why a first-person narration such as this one would make a better book (and especially a better audiobook) than a film. The story is in the characters' voices.
Oscar -- the voice of this boy will be with me for a long time.
Mr. Black vs. Tree ... when he says