I would recommend Idlewild to those who enjox The Matrix. It's a nice change of pace compared to a lot of the recent sci-fi that is out there right now. Mind you I did not enjoy the end and would have preferred a more closure.
Imagine having to hang out for seven hours with a pretentious nephew, who continuously expounds on the philosophical nuances of "The Matrix," talks about jonesing for cloves and, oh yeah, has some lame vocal affectations... and you have an idea of what listening to this is like. For the most part, it just seemed like pseudo-intellectual rambling and, if I weren't a completist I would have quit this 20 minutes into it.
The vocal affectations were sometimes distracting and came off as pretentious (think of a friend going to England for semester abroad and returning only to refuse to use the words 'sweater'or 'flashlight' when they can say 'jumper' and 'torch.'). The narrator continually pronounces the word "bury" as "burry" (rhymes with "flurry")... for fun go to 4h50m and listen to him say "burry" about twenty times in the space of a minute and then you'll get an idea. There are a number of other mispronunciations that were, to a lesser degree, also annoying. It's the audio equivalent to not having a copy editor I guess.
I found the snotty adolescent narration so distracting, that I think it's hard to tell whether the book itself had much merit. In any case, I found the whole Matrix-theme a little cheesy and I had no sympathy with any of the characters.
This story appears to be a "stream of consciousness" which takes full attention to follow. I am unable to say what the plot even is after trying to start three times. This is a read for English majors only. I don't think the rest of us need waste our time or credits.