As usual, Coupland has tapped into the "gen-x" mind and produced a rugged, honest and engaging tale of living in this crazy world. The story just works and it is told with unusual honesty and frankness. The narrators actually do justice to the telling of the tale, and this is something I don't often say. Some narrators take away from an otherwise good story but these folks enhance an already terrific listen. Two thumbs way up!
My crit may be biased. I am one of those coupland junkies, yes there are plenty out there, almost religious preechers of his novels. Hey Nostradamus is not just a moving and compelling story, it is the kind of book that will change your life for ever.
The topic -- playing off the concept of school shootings, the most disturbing of which was, naturally, Columbine -- was what caught me, but kind of in the way one gets their attention grabbed by a car wreck; you know maybe you shouldn't be looking, but you can't help but look.
This book's topic is a bit like that, but fortunately the novel inside is pretty darn good. For me, the most likeable character was Cheryl Anway, the easiest to like, naturally. From there, the novel is a bit uneven; the sections dedicated to each of the four leads are unequal in length, which is troublesome in that some characters feel more two-dimensional as a result, most notably in the last part.
I did appreciate the way the whole truth of circumstances involved only become clear after reading the whole book; it's a time-honored trick but nicely pulled off here. Well done, overall.
This book starts out really weak, almost annoying. Stick with it, it does get a little more interesting. It's depressing though, and will leave you asking questions; mostly about instances in the story I felt the author should have expounded upon.
The four separate readers definitely does this book a favor and really identifies the characters well for you.
What did I just hear?! 5% interesting story, 95% whining and loose plot. I feel like an Olympian after the hours of forcing myself to finish this book. Maybe I should have read it. The voice actors were of noticeably varying levels of skill and were either annoying or bad casts.
avid reader, love nature
Yes, it kept me interested, the ending was not what I expected
4 different views....each unique!
yes, yes and yes
Is there going to be a sequel
I listened to this book a long time ago, but still hold it up as one of the most gripping I've heard. This is due, not only to Coupland's quirky and compelling writing, but to the astonishing performances by each of the readers. The last "movement" of the novel moved me to tears.