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.
I thought the narration was quite good, though there is a common refrain ("whoa") by one character which sounds like the narrator said it once and it was copied/pasted into all of the times when the character said it - so it sounded false. I'm surprised by the number of reviewers who found this book funny. I thought it was very sad and pitiful, never funny. There were no characters to love or cheer for. The book was interesting to me because of how it came to be published.
the character is too aggravating and the book was too long to get through. writing style has many rough spots.
I couldn't even make it through this book. It didn't seem to have a point, I didn't find the humor funny and didn't enjoy the reader.