Barry Bostwick gives a brilliant performance in this hilarious book where everything goes comically wrong for our heroine...or does it?
i often don't like the way male narrators do female voices, and this was no exception. The story itself was so wacky, though, that a little more weirdness just added to the craziness of the story.
This could be a great short movie - there is barely enough here to fill 90 minutes.
This book has a lot of elements of the typical Murakami book, without the elegance.
It's written like nothing else. The writing is so beautiful but intense and sometimes hard to follow auditorally. And the ending was disappointing and unclear.
The story was good but the sound quality was awful. I almost returned it after 20 minutes of listening but I really wanted to hear this one based on other reviews. You do eventually get used to it and the voice actor's version of Larry Diamond makes it worth it.
I love the gentleman who did the narration; great vocal changes, but the recording was so echo-ey that I had to listen to it at full volume occasionally. :(
This book, like other Tom Robbin books I've read, has a character that does most of the talking, expounding as if he/she is absolutely the only possessor of a deep understanding of some form of unusual facet of life or nature. I like the premise of this book but not the delivery so much. I believe if Tom Robbins used action instead of soliloquies I'd say "great book!"
I enjoyed this crazy story while it lasted but felt unsatisfied when it was all over. Just stange in the end, although I did enjoy the ride most of the time.
I found this book to be thoroughly UNenjoyable. Once again, Tom Robbins has populated a narrative with depressingly unlikable characters, each burdened by a vast array of disturbing idiosyncrasies. Based upon the rave reviews that Robbins' works often receive, I had hoped that "Fierce Invalids" was merely a freakish aberration that had deluded readers into lauding a comic farce for its shear eccentricity. Instead, it seems clear that a perverse universe is an integral element of Robbins' "style". I shall not be fooled again by clever titles or the misguided ravings of fanatical Robbins worshippers. The emperor has no clothes. This book is simply terrible--road kill on the literary freeway. Passersby are tempted to stare in grotesque fascination but my advice is to resist these urges at all cost! Robbins writing style is littered throughout with awkwardly bizarre turns of phrase and alliteration so heavy-handed that it one would think the text was written by a freshman English major who just discovered how to use a thesaurus.
Barry Bostwick's clumsy narration only adds to the overall displeasure. While Bostwick is a talented actor, his amateurish bludgeoning of this text only establishes how very talented professional narrators really are. Bostwick wildly pitch poles between reverberant shouts and inaudible whispers requiring the listener to remain ever poised above the volume controls and the rewind buttons to even understand much of the dialogue. His voice characterizations are sadly inept, reducing one female voice to a breathy whisper and others to poor impressions of W.C. Fields and Harvey Firestein.
There are many fine audio books available. This is not one of them.