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.
I loved this book. It is witty and fun yet the subject is a very sad one. The characters really are outrageous but down earth at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone! It will really touch your heart.
I really loved this book. It is charming and funny, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for young teens. For older teens and adults yes, younger teens no! I gave it a single star rating as a kids book but as an adult book it deserves 4 stars. Mentioning certain sexual practices and specific descriptions of the size of anatomical features were very funny for me as an older adult, but perhaps aren't something the average 13 year needs to be reading quite yet.
The story got off to a very good start. I really enjoyed Alexander's abuse of English idiom. But then the second narrator started speaking and I think the story really needs a voice with an Eastern European accent. It was just completely unsettling to be hearing all the Eastern European names and places in an accent that sounded to me like American mid-West. I really tried to be open and to relax with it and just to listen to the story but I got more and more irritated and ended up quitting, which is a shame because the film version is so good and I thought I'd really love the audio book. Also, I had just finished listening to the author's other book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which is my new favorite.
I was really disappointed in this book since it got excellent reviews. I found it very difficult to follow and when I could follow it it was boring. The accent was grating and hard to understand. I gave it about 3 hours and then said forget it.