john in RI
I have only purchased one other audiobook-Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell. They are both excellent.
The narrator because it is his story, although he is telling it while dead.
He was perfect.
I have the feeling the people who hated this saw the word policeman in the title and expected one of those books located by the cash register in the supermarket. If you can't enjoy something because it doesn't "make sense" you won't like this. However if you like Samuel Becket or James Joyce you will find this very funny.
Droll and absurd.
The narrator. His plight was so poignant.
It's hard to imagine this zany mystery story without his voice. Or voices. He can play five parts at once in a funny, convincing way.
Crime and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance
Jim Norton's droll delivery is worthy of a prize. The writing is rich and witty. And the plot is ridiculous. Highly recommended.
Having read and enjoyed The Third Policeman several times, I realise as I listen to Jim Norton that I only scratched the surface. Thank you Bishop!
The exuberant language, the vibrant characters, the crazy humour, the sinister core, make this book hard to categorise. Perhaps if you enjoyed Catch-22 you would enjoy this.
Jim Norton's performance is exemplary: pitch-perfect, even, intelligent, committed, involved and involving, tireless, with a magisterial command of characterisation and voicing - an absolute joy.
I've read many many books from a wide variety and genres. This book has no rhyme or reason. No beginning or seemingly end that makes sense. It is awful. It's the worse I've ever come across. I cannot say whether I liked or disliked the story because the story never came about, the plot was not apparent, the dots did not connect. WTF! And how did it get published.
The mind numming nonsense. I kept listening to the end thinking it must get better. What a waste of listening time.
To have not spewed random nonsense on page after page.
The narrator was great. He was not the problem.
Everything from his entering the house to get the black box to his going back to see his partner in crime.
As quoted from the book. "What I [heard] made my brain shrink painfully in my head".
I'm not going to show my ignorance and say this book was complete and utter crap BUT unless you really want to think about what your listening to, as opposed to me who doesn't really want to have to think to hard about the plot, this book is not for you.
Perhaps by listening to the entire book it all becomes somewhat more worthwhile, but I got tired of searching for meaning, symbolism or just some connection between the various settings in the book and how characters were connected - if at all. and most of the time the absurbity of what is being discused is to hard to make sense of anyway.
However my husband - who thought it was rubbish also insisted we listen the entire book as he wanted to know how the first chapters tied into the remainder - so there must be some hook there somewhere.
Felt like I had wasted my eight hour trip to town!
The performer of this book is talented, and makes the work come alive.
The book itself is set in something of a parallel universe, where the laws of time, space, and physics are somewhat different to our own. If you love bicycles and pancakes, then this might be for you. It's much more a work of creative writing than a story. The author is very playful in his use of words. However, his descriptive idiom does show limitations, in that he repeats his obscure descriptive methods a lot. This led me to get a bit of "style fatigue" which set in about half way through the book. There is some clever humour though, very much in the Irish tradition, but not enough story or plot in there to focus my interest for any length of time. Having read about the author, I can well appreciate that he had a lot to deal with in his life apart from writing, and this might explain why he didn't expand a great deal on the microcosm he invented. The ending I though very flat and poor.
Constant references to "de Selby", and associated footnotes, are often very childish and further break up writing which is fairly disjointed to begin with.
It's a fair sized book. Entertaining in parts. Not really a story, and I can't see any message in it, or much to dwell upon after reading it. I'm not surprised he had problems getting this published.
I rate this audiobook as a very well read curiosity, nothing more. You might be surprised to learn that I did enjoy it, despite all the above!
I bought the book based on the reviews and the audible reading to which I listened. The beginning was actually intriguing as a mystery story. The rest of the book was odd to say the least. The reader did a great job with making the story come alive. I just wish the story hadn't been so weird.
I listened to the entire story hoping it would get better, but it never did. There was no point to the story. Don't waste your time.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
Don't waste your time wiht this. It rambles all over the place and seems rather pointless. I did not even finsih listening to it.