I was so distracted by the hippie hype and the rambling back and forth, I had no idea what was going on. Before the end of the first half, I gave up. Maybe I'm not such a great listener. Maybe if I listen to the rest of the book I will hear how the melange of hype and ramble result in a great listen. Please let me know if the listen is worth the time.
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 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.
So, us average readers looking for an entree into Pynchon think we finally have one. And yet, upon entering, we find that old Tom has decades of cliches and cleverness built up that he just has to get out. Not a waste of time, but hardly worth the download.
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.
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 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....
Some humorous dialogue but like...wow man....too much tripping and well. ah.... you know.... got boring after a while....never did finish it....better things to do, man. what was the plot....?
So much drug / tripping reference that it was too hard to find the story.
Not much more he could do.
Writing was clever - 60s references were good - just too much writing around side issue descriptions.
I wanted this book to be good. I gave it my best shot to hang in there. But after several attempts - I had to give up. The whole story got lost in a drug haze!