2666 is a work (or several works) which never actually does more than touch on several interesting subjects. One work touches on the supernatural and then we abandon that story. Another spends hours and hours merely listing deaths both relevant and irrelevant to the work. Many interesting characters are met along the journeys but as soon as something catches your attention which may lead to a storyline all of its own the author abandons it (snuff films, otherworldly voices, the mexican underground, corporate coverups, corrupted government/police officials). The book is well written, but well written and intelligent do not, in this case lead to entertainment value in the least. I'm growing very tired of authors seemingly writing books to display the fact that they are knowledgeable in many different subjects and ridiculously over-educated in the works of many other authors. Sorry about my review as I've finally finished the book, it's late, and I'm upset that I kept telling myself to stick with it because something has to be revealed about one of the storylines.
I enjoyed most of the 5 narrators's performances. None were truly horrible, or hindered the content of the book.
Half to three quarters of the characters should have been cut to actually focus on a story. Not a single one of the 5 works had any completion to them, as if the author had grown bored with the lives of the characters he'd started writing about only to continuously do the same with each new character he introduced. I understand the author died before truly completing this but one could assume that a few of the 5 arching storylines would be completed.
The uniqueness of the story and the minute details
That the story was complicated and extremely thought provoking.
The several narrators brought and individual personality to each section.
Hans Reiter. He had so many different experiences in his life.
I listened to this book twice, then bought the hard copy. I'm so glad to see that many other listeners reacted to it the same way I did. After a long lifetime of reading, it's not that often a "new" book enters my consciousness permanently the way this book has done. It seems timeless, yet absolutely focused on life as it is in our time. The readers are superb.
Yes and I do frequently. It is amazing.
This book is a journey in which everything is terrifying and everything that is terrible is deeply meaningful and symbolic.
All of the narrators do an excellent job.
The reference to Duchamp's Unhappy readymade was a detail in the book that I found particularly poignant.
I read this book before I listened to it on audio, and I couldn't put it down. However, this is not an audiobook to listen to while cleaning the house, or driving around. To truly experience what an awesome book this is- it requires one's full attention. If you cannot really dedicate yourself to getting into a 40 hr long audiobook, that is understandable- but if you can, you will not regret it.
I bought this in Jan/2010 and have tried to get thru it at least 3 times and have never heard the last of book 1 (or part 1). The narrator makes me sleepy and is so boring in his pedantic style of reading that he is as bad as the author. Wish I could get it exchanged for something better....this in my opinion does not deserve the 1 star I gave it.....jd
I am baffled by the positive reviews of this book.
I have listened to about four hours of it, and will go no farther. It has wasted enough of my time. So far, it has been four hours of some completely implausible academics wandering around Europe and Mexico vaguely looking for a mysterious German writer who may or may not exist, and participating in a limp love triangle that might be believable were they 12-year-olds. We get every tedious detail of their observations, including--I have just been hearing this part--all about whether a guy should take ice cream or a ham sandwich as a present to a pretty girl's brother, and then the exact ingredients of the chosen ham sandwich. Deep.
In sum, it was either calculated for maximum tedium as a caustic joke by the writer, or it is the work of someone with nothing to say and no story ideas who is just typing any dull thing that next comes into his mind. Ghastly.
I work in a library, so you would think I read a lot, but I feel really guilty if I sit just to read. That is why audio books are great!
I just couldn't get into it. Character development was tedious at best. I really don't like a Literature lesson when I read Fiction. An hour in and I was done. I tried to give it a chance but I couldn't do it. Just get to the story already.
I got 7 more hours left and its getting further away from comming together, to much talk about authers, books, dates, names no one can remember.
anger, anger, and more anger
the only people who could understand this book are the kind of people its about, auther groupies, i think, i still got 7 hours to go, I invested too many hours to stop now, but its killing me.
From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.
Did I get the same book as everyone else? This book is not a good audio book. Scott Brick cant make this fun. If you want to feel smart because you read an acclaimed master piece with no entertainment value then this is the book for you. This book is just to dry to be endured.
In print it may be fantastic but as audio it is a very wretched thing.