I was looking forward to listening to this book, but by a third of the way through McLarty lost me. The characters voices blurred, the surf songs are awful - McLarty has a decent voice, but these things are a mess - and the reader can't decide to make this serious or put his toungue in his cheek. So he does neither. After reading all the good reviews of the actual book, I think something got missed in the translation. Take a pass on this.
I thought it was brilliant and pitch-perfect. But I guess I'm in the minority. Think Martin Cruz Smith's parade of Muscovites, not on vodka, but blue cheer.
By far the most accessible of Pynchon's books and really funny. The author has a great ear for the hippy dippy speech of the 70's and the narrator nails it perfectly.
I tried several times to get into this book but it was hard to keep up with I gave up after 8 chapters. I might give it one more try....
This was really bad "Dude". I mean far out bad, "Dude". You have to be on some mean stuff to appreciate this "Dude". I wanted to shoot myself after the first chapter. Thank God the hippy generation is behind us. It is isn't it? How did this ever get the write up in Newsweek that it got? Must have been a payoff on some heavy smack to the author of the article.
I loved this book: it kept me really engaged the whole time, it made me think, and it made me laugh out loud a few times. The narrator's voices fit the characters exactly.
This might have been good, but the reader was so bad, both in terms of timing and voices, that I couldn't finish the book. Also, it could have used some serious editing -- the whole thing rambles in a rather self-indulgent, "ain't I so clever in my hippie talk" way.
I got about a third of the way thru, and I'm giving up. Too many characters, too much profanity, a story that goes nowhere. Not enjoyable at all.
I was lost for most of this book. I suppose if you are into the whole drug scene this may be of interest you. However, I couldn't follow along with the wacked out trips and paranoid delusions of the characters.
An avid audiobook reader favoring hard boiled fiction, and biographies and memoirs.
I am a long-time Audible listener with a library of hundreds of titles - most of which I have enjoyed. Beware readers this is a dog - whose central character is a stoner detective with no compelling traits -- in search of an old flame who disappeared along with her real estate magnate boyfriend. Simply awful.