I dont know if I would ever read one of his books again, this was a painfully amateurish book.
I loved this book. Everything about it was great! I liked the way the current day events were interwoven with a story one of the main characters is writing about events in the past. It is a very funny book and it is also a touching and many times sad story about events in WW2. The "current day" story is based on real events from the author's recent past. The narrator was really great too. I don't know if the accent is accurate or not but it really does not matter. I think you will really enjoy thie book. I just downloaded one of his other books, Extememly Loud and Incredibly Close and I am loving that one too.
The audio version of the story, actually listening to Alex speak, is part of what makes it so captivating
Such a simple idea...looking for ones ancestors, making a family tree. It never occurred to me that for families of the victims of the holocaust, there is probably no website to look up ones great uncle or library to fill in the family Bible. That thought alone is so deep and sad and poignant that to make it the subject of a novel would seem a deliberate effort to write darkly unpalatable prose that wallows in grief and threatens to drown the reader in the futile efforts of man to reconcile the past. However, the clownish somewhat slapstick buffoonery of our authors second protagonist, and his grammar errors especially, are so unexpected that, I for one, repeatedly laughed out loud, making perfect strangers stare and or ask what I was listening to. There is more here than sadness and loss and hilarity. This book contains a perfect love story or two.
Its the authors style I cannot do justice to. Its just...unusual, its fun. I cant tell if the book is written like a Yiddish narrative, passed from grandmother to child, or if the story's disjointed skips from time to time, emotion to opposite emotion, story line to alternate story line, is just the authors way of writing. Either way, it was pure art.
The complete story was lacking. Somehow I missed the intended concept. I felt that I was supposed to like it because of the weighty subject matter. Failed to illuminate me at all.
Not your average book by any means. A rather odd story, but read in a fantastic interpretation that defies any real comparison to reading it in paper form. I don't think i would have enjoyed this story nearly as much if left to my own 'voices'. An incredible reading performance which created a listening experience closer to theater than just reading a book.
I thought this book was amazing. I CANNOT imagine someone reading/listening to this book and to not being moved ( to tears at times). I am huge fan of audiobooks and it does not get much better than this. It is a perfect example of how amazing a spoken story can sound. It is complicated story with complex characters and emotions. I too miss the characters.
This was one of my very favorite listens. In fact, I can't stop talking about this story. The book offers many life lessons in a heart-felt and funny manner. I hated for it to end -- I miss the characters!!
The far too numerous flashbacks in this book are always tedious and often pointless. Keep you finger on your iPod's fast-forward button.