Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I'm hours into "Lush Life"… I kept waiting for a plot to begin. What I got was an interminable amount of unrelated conversations. It's been said that hell is an infinite number of facts without connections." This book qualifies. It's like a sophomore exercise in dialogue writing. Don't get the reader either. Price seems to have written an audition script for Audible readers mixing up dialects, genders, and class voices. Cannavale struggles to pass. I've heard this reader is quite good, so I'll try him again. Pity he didn't stop trying to finish "Lush Life". I stopped… ugh.
Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.
I wonder if I didn't know that this author wrote for TV, I would have felt so strongly that this book reads like a screenplay. And I've never even read a screenplay! But the book does feel like a script-- I can envision the characters, the dialogue snaps and throttles. The characters are, in fact, primarily defined through their dialogue. This gets to be tough in a narration where the very good reader bleeds and blends scenes together without pause-- sometimes a character you think is the focus is so obviously not that it's startling. I suspect in the text of the book itself (or in an actual film) it's more obvious when the point of view shifts, but the problem with this narration is...again and again I didn't realize we were on to a new character.
This is a fast-paced, visually evocative read...but I hesitate to write "read." It's a performance, and I assume the movie will follow!
I feel torn about writing this review for Lush Life because I suspect, under different circumstances, I would have loved it. It has all the elements of a good read: murder, corruption, love, etc. My problem is not with the story, but more with the writing and the interpretation by the narrator. Everything happens so fast! We aren't presented with sentences, more bursts of wind and blasts of emotion. The author writes just how we talk and, for me, that doesn't make for an enjoyable read. This is a book that deserves to be read. I'd like to savor the words, and here they whizz by at such a fast pace I often don't know where I am. Sorry, Richard Price - I think you've probably written a really good book that is better served by the eye and not the ear.
this story took me by surprise, and it was made much more enjoyable because the reader was so dead-on with his accents. the author definitely knows real life. I will be looking for more by this author and reader. absolutely 5 stars....
If trapped on a long drive and this were one of the five last audio books available from the truck stop selections, I would chose it over several other options, especially if they involved NASCAR, Golf or analysis of intergalactic thermodynamics as the same impacted the French Revolution.
Narration was good, clear and at a reasonable pace.
3 out of 5. I found it hard to get involved with the characters initially, and the use of nicknames or oblique references (i.e. "Quality of Life" -- I probably didn't have a good handle on what this meant until the last 20% of the book) is at times annoying. It was OK, but I won't keep it on my iPhone to repeat. It wasn't bad, and was even OK -- but it wasn't spectacular.
The ending was abrupt and unfulfilling. I went back to Audible to find out if there was a Part 3 to the book that I'd overlooked. It did not feel resolved and, having finally developed some attachment to the characters, I felt a bit cheated when it just stopped. I suspect this is a characteristic of the author, and will probably weigh that heavily when determining whether to listen to another book by this author or not.
Sophisticated, intense, piercing.
Everything. He performed every character in a sprawling cast without missing a beat. Truly a spectacular performance.
I listen to books all the time as I travel/drive with my job. I can usually muddle through if I don't get into or like what I am listening to. But I could not handle this one - I stopped listening early on as I could not figure out who the book or what this book was about....not my kind of listen. It's in my library but don't think I will be giving it another try. Wish I could get my credits back......
A slow dull story that is not worth the credit. I've gotten books before that were mediocre at best, despite the rating, but this one is intolerable.
I was pleased with Price's latest foray into the Lower East Side, making me both want to visit the place and grateful I don't live there.
Huge fan of Price, but this is the first audiobook of his work I've purchased.
Initially skeptical because Price himself didn't narrate (I've heard him do readings a few times and his performances are great), but Cannavale did AWESOMELY.
Highly recommend - great prose and great performance.