“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.
I really enjoyed the narrator, whose dry style seemed well-suited to Ellis's writing style. I loved the very unique, interesting, witty plot which blended reality and fantasy quite seamlessly. I also loved the semi-autobiographical element which tricks the reader at first before launching into the rest of the plot, but also keeps threading back through the entire book in clever ways. I love Ellis's writing.
If you are a fan of Bret Easton Ellis, you will enjoy this book. He draws from so many different genres it's hard to describe, but his writing is still pure genius. Also, as someone who truly HATED Dawson's Creek, I found James Van Der Beek to be an excellent narrator. I hope to listen to more from him in the future.
I am a big fan of Bret Ellis and was hoping that this would be more about his real life, however it's not. Great story in its own way. Very different in a good way.
James Van Der Beek should narrate every book by Bret Easton Ellis.
This book may be too much for some readers. It was for me. The dark side of the human mind is done with great skill, so much so that it was extremely disturbing. In fact, it was so disturbing, I could not continue the book. It demonstrates how far into the depths a individual can go and still be a cogent story teller.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. A bit of a departure from BEE's previous stuff, but it's interesting and compelling. Vanderbeerk's narration is great. Really great.
If you like a story about drugs and partying with a bit of the supernatural and the very gross (lots of blood and murders), then you will like this book. It is a tad boring and I was waiting for things to get to the point, and they did in the last 30 minutes. The reader is fairly monotone and sounded younger than the narrator seemed, which might be part of the reason for my boredom with this book. It does have a nice twist on one of the characters. My guess is that it would be better if you read it.
The first 8 hours of this book annoyed me. I was really ticked about wasting a credit n this book that supposedly would "blow my mind, for more than 8 hours". The first 8 hours is nothing but the guy snorting his fortune up his nose, drinking too much, and screwing up any chance of making his family happy.
The last three and a half hours were great. Absolutely phenominal. I even learned to ignore all of the cocaine and heroin he was doing. It was an intense thriller that I didn't want to stop listening to. The problem was that I had to wait so long for the story to pick up, that it killed the whole experience. This book would make a great movie, but don't waste your download. It is a tedious listen and the good parts don't make up for the bad.