This book made me wish Audible.com had a "do over" button and that I had not wasted a book credit on it. The characters are pathetic and the narrator grating. I tried to get past my initial response and find something redeming, but just couldn't.
while the premise of the book seems interesting enough, (eccentric recluse with serious hygiene issues and a mother complex) it never goes anywhere. the first few times it is rather amusing to listen to the pseudointellectual rantings of the main character but the story never evolves beyond the level of charicatures. i made it through the first half of the download before i was disinterested and stopped listening.
I couldn't wait for this book to be over. I kept waiting for something funny to happen, but it never really happened. It is amusing at times, but never actually funny.
Some 30 yr old guy with personality disorders living with his mom just didn't seem funny. Sorry I wasted the book credit.
Make sure this is the type of comedy you enjoy before buying.
Couldn't compare with a lot of very funny books which made me laugh out loud except one part where Ignacius was filing and had to sit on a small stool and ended up sprawled on the floor next to the very elderly secretary at the cloths factory (very funny). The narration was top quality but did not really hold my interest and listening on audio made it much harder to follow the characters except for Ignacius. I will download the last section and try to finish but not sure I really want to. This is my very 1st audio book and thank goodness it was free or I may not ever download another.
The premise and the place are great...but the story didn't grab me. I just had to quit listening to the book. Not a book for me, but friends rave about it so it must be a matter of taste.
I have been trying to read highly rated books. I This was on a list of books reported to be excellent and on the list were several excellent ones. This was the first book that I found so absolutely lacking in any value that after a few hours of listening, I simply turned it off and have deleted it from my ipod. The protagonist is repugnant, and the humor of the book is base, with cheap shots which lack true wit. Normally I can see enough value in a book to keep going, even if at the end I am somewhat unsatisfied. The listening of this book was so distasteful I have not been able to do so.
This book is excruciating. It was a challenge to finish because of the horrible narration coupled with the lack of plot. All these characters had were problems, unsolvable problems because they were all too lazy and selfish to fix anything. It was a frustrating read. Someone please invent a time machine so I can reclaim my mispent 16 hours. Who cares if it won the Pulitzer. It's tremendously tedious.