During the first half, I enjoyed the fact that this book was quirky and different. Then it got bogged down with too much reflection on everything and not enough forward movement of a story.
Something I bought from Audible. Duh!
The narrator put a lot of personality in the characters.
If there is a crowd who wants a follow up, sure, there should be a follow up!
I think the author is talented. I'm not a good target audience though because I get impatient with so much belly button gazing and not enough story.
It is much better than the movie
You will fall in love with his character.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
Not by this author if he thinks that this is literature. There's nothing wrong with the narrators except the voice of the main character has "too much bass in his voice" to be a credible 9 year-old. He sounded closer to 16.
Again, the narration was the only part of this work that was good.
I couldn't believe that Jonathan Safran got a book deal with this mess.
This book is at once depressing, ridiculous, unbelievable, and immature. I thought I was buying a book about a child's reaction in the aftermath of his father's death in the World Trade Centers. But somewhere, somehow, the story switched to the kid's quirky ways, his crazy grandparents and his odd mother. The child is described in the synopsis as "precocious" when he's actually an over-protected spoiled brat who needs a good butt-whipping. The grandparents are crazy as hell, never speaking to each other, just communicating with pre-written notes and hand gestures. They weren't deaf, just crazy! The mother is over-indulgent, allowing her little brat to say and do whatever he wants. The father, whom I initially had sympathy for because of his fate, was just as strange as everyone else in this book. When the story suddenly and inexplicably veered off off to Japanese person in bombed out Hiroshima, I had to let this book go. I barely understood the American aspect - to add in another set of people in the wake of a major man-made disaster was just too much. I fail to see what other readers saw in this book. The 9 year-old kid got on my nerves asking "Why?" questions like a he was 2 and constantly being disrespectful to adults. If this kid knows the definition of "google", then he should have already known the answers to the incessant questions he worried both family and strangers with. His behavior wasn't "cute". He didn't qualify for "time out". If he'd been MY son, he would have gotten "knocked out"! His family can't even be labeled as dysfunctional since all families are in some ways. These people were STRANGE! As a result, I felt no sympathy or empathy for any of them. They just took up much-needed space on earth. ALL of them, including the kid, should have been in the World Trade Centers on that fateful September 11, 2001.
I didn't read the printed version
I liked the characters, and the story/secrets told from many sides.
Oscar, who carries the weight of the world with him completely oblivious to the fact that other people also carry their own burdens.
Sometimes I found it hard to tell what character was speaking, sometimes the voice sounded different even in the middle of a sentence. I guess that would be more of an editing problem than a narration one.
Let me start by saying I have never seen the movie, but hear it is quite good - so I don't know how the 2 compare. I have had this book for quite a while and mostly bought it based on the Audible reviews. I did drag my feet reading it because part of the story revolves around 9-11 and I just didn't want to read a depressing book. The story is about a family and its history for generations, not just the 9-11 event (so don't let that stop you from reading it).The story starts from the perspective of a small boy, Oscar. I loved his voice or inner dialog. It reminded me of The Power of One (an all time favorite book of mine). The book then jumps around with different chapters being told through the voice of different characters. It was a bit confusing at first but it eventually all starts to pull together. I ended up actually loving this book. the book didn't depress me but it definitely gave my heart strings a good yank.
I loved the characters in this book.It is written with such a clever wit, but the voices really draw you into the story.This is about a boy Oscar, whose father died in 9/11. It doesn't focus on the sadness but on the relationships that link to his father. I felt I could not miss one single part of this book. The kid is very quirky all loaded with dreams, fears and love. I would recommend this. Make sure you can really listen to the first of the book and you will be drawn in as well. So Good!
Just loved it. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I can't imagine the movie being able to portray the complex and amazing 9 year old Oskar as written by Foer. And the narrators were just fabulous. Very entertaining. I'll be listening to it again.
I rent audio books to break up my long commute. This book was entertaining and captured my interest from beginning to end. An inappropriate child and odd family dynamic keep you wanting to know what happens next. The unfiltered thoughts of an unemotional, intellegent child give a dark but true view of the world.