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.
Maybe the parts with the facts about LA.
Danny. LA county.
The first week of golfing.
Laugh hard, 3-5 times. Chuckle lots.
Please make Ben Foster read more books! He is excellent! Of he read David Baldacci, I would buy every one of them.
If it weren't for the music between chapters, I might give this book 5 stars overall. The music, which is at the end of every chapter and then repeated again at the beginning of every chapter is by far the most annoying music I have encountered in an audio book. It has nothing to do with the story and is entirely unnecessary. I generally don't like music between chapters but have never hated it so much....
The book, however, is great - it follows several fairly stereotypical characters in L.A. and has both extremely harsh and tender moments. Frey writes in an almost stream of consciousness manner which serves to portray each character's thoughts intimately.
It's not as dark as A Million Little Pieces but it's not a cheery piece of fiction (Frey is careful to point out that this work is FICTION, to avoid flack from the critics).
It's read by Ben Foster, the actor in 3:10 to Yuma and the Messenger and he does an amazing job of capturing Frey's characters.
I thought this story mirrored "real life" so well! Frey managed to give life to LA, personifying her via characters, hopes, dreams, and history. I was captivated from beginning to end. Not all the stories are happy, but they represent each life lived, poorly or brilliantly, according to the person. Such a rich story upon a story. LOVED IT! Narrator was PHENOMENAL!!!! He seemed to really love the story, himself, or at least understand it enough to pour his own emotion into it.
The reading of this book is one of the best I've ever heard.
But..., this is a difficult book to hear/read. Much of the ugliness you imagine about life in LA is played out in this book in the stories of the various characters. The stories are interspersed with interesting details about LA itself. Read the book and don't move there.
Say something about yourself!
this is my favorite author.. i love books with several stories going on at once. its like t.v. best part was when lemonade says.. "love camo". sad story. great characters. the man is a genius.
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.
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.
Another really good read by Frey! Not better then My Friend... but still interesting, funny, insightful and telling.
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.