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
The story is painful to listen to because the writer and reader make you relate to the characters who are in pain themselves. They have losses in their lives, and they are all searching. The main character, Oscar Schell a nine year old boy, is searching for his father who died on 9/11. Just as poignant are the other characters who are lonely and searching, sometimes with the answers right in front of them, but unable to reach them. I couldn't put this one down- even though I was almost crying alone in the car, there is a hope in Oscar- the reader is rooting for him every step of his way.
I would actually rank this book among the top best books I've ever read in my entire life. The performance is understated brilliance, and the book itself is beyond amazing. I thought Foer was incredible in Everything is Illuminated, but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close knocks it out of the park. It's poetic and sad and raw and I don't have enough space to write all I want, so I'll end this here.
Possibly this book should be manditory reading as it gives reality to the true collatoral damage of war - those that are left behind.
Yes, good job of narrating.
Sorry, but I find no redeeming qualities in this book. I have no problem with stories that are sad. No problem with unresolved conflicts. I would just like to come away from a book, having learned something. Relentlessly depressing with no lessons learned, no new knowledge about life or living. Nothing that makes me want to remember this book, I would like the hours back that it took to listen to it.
One of my favorite audiobooks of all times. The narrators are terrific. The voices of Oscar, his neighbor old Mr. Black, and his grandfather are captivating.
Oscar is a fascinating character - i laughed out loud so many times. Love the way his mind worked.
As Oscar struggles with the loss of his dad, his feelings of abandonment, guilt, loneliness, he sets out to discover the meaning of a key he finds in his dad's closet. His plan has him making connections with people. In the case of Mr. Black, his upstairs neighbor, Oscar helps the old man set foot outside his apartment for the first time in decades, since his wife died. There is re-awakening as well as tragedy in this book.