...because I love the narrator and loved this author's previous book in handheld form.
I found listening to this bleakly comic tale of woe and glacial coming to terms arguably too much like being imprisoned and forced to watch a sitcom that you just do not like.
Maybe I'll pick up a paperback of it in the library someday and see if my hunch is right: the book probably does not survive even masterly narration, unless one enjoys squirming in discomfort for hours at a time.
I thought this book might be humorous, I found it totally depressing. It's written well and narrated well but everyone's life is complicated and sad. I couldn't stick it out.
He is a very good narrator and manages the different voices seamlessly
sadness and disappointment, I read it following Dave Barry's Insane City and the contrast was just to much for me.
If you like reveling in others misery, this is the book for you
This story lacks the ingenuity and voice of -The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time-. While Simon Vance gives another excellent performance, I never fall in love enough with the characters in order to put up with their whining and over-reactions.
The writing is brilliant. I reversed several times just so I could listen to a well-turned phrase once more. I laughed out loud several times. Alas, the story just didn't engage me. Vance, once again, does a great job with the narration. And yet, as another reviewer mentioned, perhaps this is better read than listened to, because you want to see the well-constructed sentences more than you want to lose yourself in the story.
A boring English family has a dad going nuts over his wife's affair. His neurotic behavior paired with some spotty mentions of gay sex will either make you laugh or make you wonder how this book got into your library or both.
It took a long time for me to get into this book. The narrator is not the best, but good. His female voices are so falsetto and staged. However, it does work. The story itself is a bit fantastic (some of the situations like George's attempt at self-surgery) but again it does work. If there is nothing else on your shelf to read, choose this one. But there are a lot better reads out there to occupy your time.
I enjoyed this book and its quirky characters. The story is a slice of life that you are likely to relate to in some way. The characters are worth getting to know.
Enjoyed this thoroughly. Notwithstanding the main character's life is falling apart and he is experiencing some life-wrenching events, many of the descriptions are laugh out loud funny. Very different from Curious Dog but equally well done.
Smart, funny, and with a pitch-perfect narrator to boot! I normally listen to audiobooks solely while commuting to and from work. With this one, I had to plug in my Ipod and listen to more at home. The characters are real and 3-dimensional yet the author weaves them into situations which, while totally believable, evolve like a hilarious, off kilter Rube Goldberg machine. I would love to spend more time with this family - at least from a distance.