I love, love Kate Reading as a narrator and have moderately enjoyed some of Connie Willis' other books.
This book is less interesting and much less thought-provoking than the ingredients list on a cereal box.
Main character is so snarky. Perhaps a snarky reader.
Might give it a shot, but not likely.
Did not enjoy the interpretation.
This book is kind of mean-spirited! Interesting conceptual foundation, but don't let that mislead you. The social science is thin and the characters are so unlikable (and not in an interesting or challenging way). It's just hard to take.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I classify this type of story under: popcorn "reads". It's nice while it's lasting, pleasant listen, some funny facts thrown in, fairy godmother sprinkling her dust and puff it's gone.I found it annoying to listen to the word "fad" so often, I wonder why the author did not use some of its synonyms...like trend, en vogue ... would have lightened up some parts. There are many repetition of some of the "fad/science" facts, not very interesting. The timeline in the story somewhat confused me a little. When you think only a day had elapsed it turns out it was more, but it doesn't impede the story in any way or the other.
I really liked how she got the hang of the Flip character. Through Mrs Reading's narration the characters came alive and it was very easy to picture them in the setting.
Probably not at the movie theater but maybe on a rainy Sunday afternoon at home bundled up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the TVset.
The book just confirms what I have been saying for years now ... nothing is new it all comes back in a different way but it has been there before ... especially fashion fads ;o)
I enjoyed the read, but doubt I'll ever read it again.
* Excessive use of the word "slouched"
* Overly predictable story progression
* The assumption that just because a behavior/opinion (in the book, it's anti-smoking) is a fad at the time, that there is no validity behind it.
* Inclusion in the Science-Fiction section
Otherwise, there were several hilarious moments involving office-life and the horrors of interacting with a younger generation. Also, sheep. Flip deserves her own sequel-- I wish she had been a bit more fleshed out in this one, but she is fantastic as a background character.
I intend to look into other Connie Willis books, but I wouldn't suggest this one if you strongly dislike smoking.
This book managed to annoy me practically every time I listened to it. The only reason I finished the book is because I hate not hearing the ending to a story more than I hated this story. I may not be sophisticated enough to enjoy this book. I took a chance on this one and I'm just thankful it was only 6 hours long.
The characters and setting were interesting. I found the actual story to be incredibly repetitive. The main character repeats the same few phrases over and over and over again. It might be an accurate model of how a scientist puzzles over a problem, but it just sounded to me like she was trying to pad out the length of the story.
This book has several amusing moments but it's much too heavy-handed. Willis constantly beats the reader over the head with her "satire" of corporate insanity, trends, parenting, and work ethic (or lack thereof). I wanted to roll my eyes with impatience, just like some of the characters. The plot held few surprises. Definitely not Willis' best work.