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.
This is one of the saddest, most wonderful books I've ever read. Having lived in Manhattan on 9/11, I appreciated the subtle ways that the author and the narrators captured the nuances of that time in New York. The characters are unique, but in so many ways relatable. I don't know how anyone cannot love this book.
quirky, emotional, memorable
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - they both follow the adventures of a socialy impaired male child in a way that is both highly amusing and heartbreaking.
The narrators caught the pace and tone of the book very well. I enjoyed all three voices.
I do plan to listen to this book again because the actors are amazing.
There are too many memorable moments to really authentically pick just one.
I would say that it is rare to say the narration improves a book but in this case it is like listening to a play brought to life by the actors.
I listened to it on a cross country train trip so I did listen in one sitting and loved it.
If you only get to listen to one book this year let it be this one.
I had read this book a few years ago when it was first published. My anticipation of the release of the movie version of this story led me to re-visit it via audiobook. I have NO idea how they will do justice to this story as a movie, given the depth of the characters, richness of the language, and the fact that the story is told via three distinct (and very internal) viewpoints. That said, I think that audiobook was a brilliant rendition. The actors are very skilled. My only criticism was that Oscar's voice as rendered by an adult took a little getting used to... as he is quite young in the story. Once used to it, it didn't detract, and I think the actor did a very fine job.
This book is not just about 911 and its impact on a child. This book is about the multigenerational impact of trauma... what it means to survive major disasters, what it means to lose beloveds to those disasters, how people are transformed and go on, with all the brokenness and resilience that can and does result. There are parts of this story that are unbearably sad... and also moments of shimmering transcendence, wonderful humor, and humanness in all its imperfection. This is a story of tremendous depth, brilliantly written and expertly performed.
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This book is the kind that makes you think. The book is about one family that lost someone in 9-11 and also about the effects of the Dresden firebombing to that same family's grandparents It is about as sad a subject that anyone could ever write about but Jonathan Safran Foer is such a talented writer that he knows how to pepper the book with tenderness and laughter. I will most likely remember this book for a long long time because it is so well done and it makes one think but it is not for everyone.
Loved the narrators.
Really enjoyed it. Very different writing style, but it was great. The story pulls you in. Not for everyone, but most will love it. The book will be far greater than the movie.