this was sometimes a bit difficult to stick with but was ultimately very rewarding.
if you're interested in literature, this should be interesting to you.
I don't know that I would listen to this again, but that should not prevent anyone from picking it up. If you like any Bret Easton Ellis book, you will love this.
Augusten Burroughs' memoirs. I know this one is more fictionalized, but Ellis gives off the same naked sense of self that Burroughs possesses.
James Van der Beek is *perfect.
I read Lunar Park when it first came out. Wanting to brush up on it I chose to revisit it in audio book form. James Van Der Beek performs it masterfully. His performance never took me out of it and it's hard not to think the words aren't coming from Ellis himself.
Probably the best audio book I've gotten since WWZ.
Terrific semi-autobiographical beginning, artful orchestrations, poetic ending, van der Beek should read all his books.
Did it meet your expectations?
No. Well I bought it by accented after reading Rules Of Attraction I wanted to buy Less Than Zero but bought this instead and couldn't return it.
Most memorable moment?
Brett, [the character,] describing his state of being during one of his book tours was a highlight. Intriguing writing there.
How was the narrator?
James Van Der Beek narration was the best part of this audiobook.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I like Ellis' aesthetic and his instincts towards the lurid and explorations into the existential crisis of his characters, if that’s the right way of saying it. But I was never as big a fan of his books to expect THIS. Lunar Park knocked me on my ass. I recommend it to everyone I know, and they ALWAYS love it. LOVE it. Yes, it is a bit of a homage to Stephen King. It is even a meditation on his own work (it’s not necessary but it helps if you are at least familiar with Less Than Zero and especially American Psycho -- the novel, not the gutless film version which stripped the novel into a somewhat unconventional though no less shallow of a slasher film).
I can’t say as much as I want about this novel because it is simply better to come in clean. Suffice to say that if you’re not hooked by the first 20 pages (or repulsed), then you’re probably either weird or boring, ha. The story shifts gears after that and we get a plot Stephen King could have come up with, but it is told in a way Ellis specializes in. I wish he would write more like Lunar Park. It is somewhat of a departure. The sincerity he achieves, I mean.
Yes. James Van Der Beek makes the pages come alive with authenticity.
I think he helped capture Ellis' tone in a way I couldn't have achieved in on my own.
Ellis. The Turby.
Just a great example of top notch performances matched with stellar writing.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I think that the combination of his style of writing infused with the books that he loved as a teenager - Stephen King's novels from the 70s and early to mid 80's - made this a particularly enjoyable listen.
I liked how Bret Easton Ellis went in a different direction in this novel than he did with previous books. Also, it was never boring. The pace was excellent and the combination of horror and dark humor were well balanced. He also wrote about children pretty well - which I don't think he has ever done in his previous works.
I haven't. This was the first.
No, I don't think so. I liked some parts better than others but the book as a whole is great. I particularly like the opening chapter and the ending portion of the story when the horror aspects kick into high gear.
Bret Easton Ellis outdoes Stephen King in this psychological-horror homage. In an attempt to return to the form of his simpler, but more effective earlier novels, Ellis wrote in the vein of the books that influenced him as a teen and the result is a gripping and highly entertaining listen. This is my favorite novel from Bret Easton Ellis and it is due in part to the combination haunted-house story and an interesting self-portrait of the image of the writer Bret Easton Ellis.