I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I loved Paolo Bacigalupi's The Alchemist. The story was vibrant and tight. But The Windup Girl was not so much so. The magnificent prose is still there. But the story seems to wander. Everything fits together, but the story is just ... eh.
There seemed like there were so many substories going on, but nothing that was really a main story arc to grab hold of me and keep it together. I found my mind wandering a lot and then having to rewind when I realized that I hadn't been paying attention for 5 minutes.
Not bad. Not great. Just average. Unique, but average.
Beautiful richly realized world, and a very interesting scenario, but the characters are not as richly realized; other than perhaps, the Windup girl herself. There are many other reviews which will delve into the pros and cons of the story. I will simply say this: Not one good thing happens to any of the characters anywhere in the story. Only the conclusion itself gives some small hope for one of the characters, but that's it. So if you would like to be uplifted, or excited, or engaged in any positive way; skip this one.
No. I have listened to lots of audiobooks and this isxvery difficult to follow. I rewound many times to better understand the storyline.
No. Forced myself through this book. Good story but not enjoyable to keep rewinding to follow. The names were very foreign sounding so very difficult to keep track of characters. Also crazy made up names for make believe genetically created animals..food and people...and gloomy.
I couldn't wait to be done with the book so I could enjoy sn audiobook again.
Would not recommend to anyone unless they have endless patience for the story to drag on and on and on without getting anywhere. Multiple times I felt the story had reached the climax only to have to sit through 30-45 minutes of boring repetition before it made it to anything interesting.
Stephen King's Dark tower
None, none of the characters were really great on their own.
stop listening to audible for a while.
yes, either would be worth a second go...
Maybe have more scene description, I felt sometimes that I was drifting, getting confused about what character I was with.
I think the whole tone of the reading gives the ambiance the book is conveying.
Brad pitt as the inventor
I liked the story and the read.... I had to listen twice though because I kept loosing my place.....lost focus
I found myself wishing this one was over before it was. I felt as though I had been dropped into another time and place without enough background. I found myself wondering about details I wasn't given while I missed the details in the current narration and had to back up the recording to hear what I had missed.
The ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying. If I had written this, I would have given a little more background, cut the middle, expanded the ending. At the end I realized that the Windup Girl was not the story. It was about a white shirt and a foreigner who were only tangentially connected to the Windup Girl. Maybe I am not a good judge of writers, but as a consumer, I would skip this one.
Interesting dystopia story (disease, food controlled by corrupt government, "windup" people and creatures), but I never really got into it. Some graphic scenes were hard to listen to.
Despite an interesting vision of a dystopic world, I could not finish even the first half of this book. I'm not sure why--it just didn't grip me. And I thought the rape of the windup girl of the title was meant to be titillating even as it intended to repel. It repelled me right out of this book.
I agree with Tess.
I haven't read the first two in the series and am unable to capture any meaningful flow from this book due to the frequent use of terms\names that are hard for me to keep track of.
Possibly, I need to go back and start with the first book in the series.
I don't, but after five hours I did. I couldn't bring myself to care about a single character. I couldn't figure out who I was supposed to care about or why? The reader was great, but i just couldn't bring myself to give a rip about the story.