If I could rate this with more stars, I would. The book is extremely well written, and the ending was surprising and very good! This book makes a lot of references to "The Great Gatsby", and it is very interesting to see the possible "sequel" in theory anyway. I just finished this and will probably listen to it all over again!
I found myself increasingly interested in the characters in this novel, which entertwines a modern story with The Great Gatsby in a very clever and ultimately surprising way. Not a page-turner, but well-constructed, with an ending that doesn't readily reveal itself beforehand.
It was OK entertainment. But one of quoted the reviewers promised "a twist at the end that will leave you speechless." There was no twist at the end. In the first half of the book, there is some intrigue about where the plot is headed, but in the second half, the author makes it absolutely clear where it is going, and then delivers as promised. The reader is not one of the really great narrators, but I found her acceptable.
This book is one that I couldn't put down(since it's audio,couldn't stop listening).But I was sorry when the novel ended. Wonderful how the author makes the reader take an honest look at current economic and social issues in the US while telling a fascinating story. This is the fist time I've read one of his novels and I want more. Try it, I guarantee you'll be wisked away into this intriguing novel.
Where is the rating for negative stars???This has got to be the most poorly written and poorly read book - In fact I can't decide which is worse - although I suppose I should blame the author - had he not conceived such ridiculous descriptions, dialogue, and drama - the reader would never have had to put her stiff voice to the microphone!
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Interesting concept to weave the Gatsby story into this novel! I enjoyed that part. Also, it was very readable, although I would say it wasn't completely compelling until the last 1/3 or so. But that last 1/3 was a doozy! There is definitely a twist of the plot at the end that makes the reader completely re-think the whole book in an interesting way. I'm not sure the ending works, BUT I have some more thinking to do about it. I like that it makes you think about it afterward, if only to figure out the twist. But, then again, in some ways I think I would rather have been given more clues during the story rather than having to figure it all out AFTERWARDS when I'm all finished with it. I sort of resent having the rug pulled out from under me at the end when I'm all finished reading so there's nowhere to go with it at this point except looking backward and trying to put it all together. SO, it's a mixed review for a book worth "reading."
A bit implausible....the combination of a slightly simpering voice used for the main character, along with some pretty weak character development in general, made for a tale that wasn't overly compelling. Good for a long car ride, but not riveting.