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
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.