This books seems like it was written to be read aloud. The reader fits the material perfectly. I lived in LA, and felt Frey captured the oddness of the City in a way I could never verbalize. The randomness of the stories and the fact that the plots aren't contrived to make them all intertwine was wonderful. I haven't enjoyed listening to a story this much in quite a while. I think it's an either "love it" or "hate it" type of book. I loved it.
I still am not sure why I chose this book to listen to (maybe I got caught up in the controversy that surrounds this author) but what a terrible decision I made! First off, the story has so many characters and pieces of historical facts of LA popping into the narrative randomly that it makes you wonder where the storyline is heading. In most cases, you never find out. Secondly, the narrator's tempo - jumbling conversations of different characters into one breath and sentence, long dramatic pauses - is aggravating, at least to me. He is not reading Shakespeare!
What was I thinking? You will probably say the same to yourself if you waste a credit and select this book.
This was one of my best reads this year. I loved the format and subject matter. The characters were rich and the narrator was outstanding. I will read his other 2 books as as soon as possible.
Probably the most frustrating book I read. At times, when the author allowed himself define his characters, they were riveting! The problem is, way too many characters.. most of which disappear the moment they get interesting! Then there's the "lists"...OMG! He goes on and on with lists, for what seems like half the book, JUST READING LISTS!!! Shoot me now! If it weren't for the tease of the great character stories, I would have dropped the story midway... but I kept on wanting more from the characters... unfortunately, most often I was left disappointed.
I liked (not loved, but liked) the book, but what was the deal with the awful music breaks? Sometimes they were at the chapter breaks and sometimes they were right in the middle of everything. It was MOST annoying....was that some sort of mistake in production?
i read his other two books and loved them even if he lied i found them hard to put down. This one was quite awful. the reader is angry and crazy reading facts that noone cares about. i took a long time to get through it. and wasted credits. If he writes another book I think I will think twice about getting it.
until I read Bright Shiny Morning. There are 4 thinly veiled stories that are intertwined with too much needless information. This audiobook was painful to get through. I wish he would have developed the stories in more depth. I feel like they could have been interesting, had we gotten to know those characters more.
Frey wrote a superb novel with a lot of engaging stories. I would have liked to have seen a little less history in the book. The reader for Bright Shiny Morning was excellent.
I've never listened to a book like this before. You end up learning a lot about the characters and lots of LA trivia and history along the way.