This story was in search of a direction. Never really sure where it was headed.
I think the story itself is very complex. The narrators did a good job, however I gave it one star on performance because on part two the grandmother is speaking and in the middle of her conversation the boy jumps in with something way off topic, then back to the grandmother. It really bothered me so I found a paperback version of the book and from what I can gather it is not in the paperback version. I do believe this is an editing issue. If I am wrong then I am sorry but this distracted me from the actual story.
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
I just finished this book and am having a little trouble getting my arms entirely around it. I started the first third of the book, then went back and started over. I enjoyed the character Oskar very much - his quests, inventions, methods of coping and overall approach to the world. His observations often made me laugh out loud, as did the numerous reply letters received from an eclectic array of scholars and personalities. Conversely, Oskar’s episodes of obvious grief and pain (heavy boots) often made me a little misty….. when that happened, I gave myself a little bruise. But I didn’t particularly care for the weaving in of Oskar’s grandparents’ side/back stories. To me, while they emphasized the overall theme, they nonetheless interrupted the main storyline. I didn’t feel that the payoff at the end compensated me for the constant intrusion. I cared very much for Oskar and his father, and Oskar’s family and friends, but only in their direct relationship to him. I’d be interested to see how the screenwriter dealt with these generational relationships.
I never like to, 'give up' on a book. So, I stayed with it and hoped that somewhere, the story would gain momentum and my intrest would take hold. But, sad to say; I was bored with the confusing characters. Halfway through, I surrendered and quit.
Is this about the kid, the mom,the dad, grandma, grandpa, Dresden, 9/11, or old Mr. Black? It's hard to tell when all the loose ends remain loose when the narrator says 'The End'. There were so many bits of stuff here that were never resolved that the story ends with the listener saying 'You have GOT to be kidding!'
Too many unresolved subplots. Actually, the whole book consists of unresolved subplots. It's a little like modern classical music in that way. Lots of notes and noise but very little actual meaning.
None. They were fine.
It was in English. Old Mr. Black upstairs was the one character who made sense, But what happened to him? Another loose end.
I hope the movie rewrote the ending and left out the odd sexy bits that really didn't add to the plot. Oh wait, there wasn't a plot. Never mind.
Narrator was really good.
Didn't like the story, just got boring after some time.
I wasted a lot of time waiting for the purpose of this book and the joke was on me, there was none.
Plot, reason for the story, meaning? It was a rambling narration. The characters were interesting, but they did nothing and went no where.
I liked Mr Black, but then he just disappeared. He was old, did he die, did he go live on the empire state building? It was frustrating.
No, it was not. I really hate investing the time to listen to a book all the way through to find out I have been had. It was an excercise in futility because it was just words. Since they made this book a movie, I thought it would have been better.
Ce n'est pas grave!
I did not enjoy this book...I found it tedious and implausable. Maybe the movie is better, but it was nothing like I expected it to be.
I guess I had wrong expectations about this book and do not seem to understand many of the author's ways of expressing things. I found the book rather depressing but not for the references to 9/11 rather for the family relations. I guess there is too much left for personal interpretation.