Yes. This is a simple story, well told. I also liked the way Jess Walter read this work. Very engaging.
Matt Prior is the only fully developed character.
At the police station.
Earl. He reminds me of most out of touch business professionals that I know.
People who appreciate adult males who feel victimized.
HE was enjoyable to listen to.
I found the writing style enjoyable and will go read more by the author. But if the main character is representative of today's male, then we do belong living in low rent housing hoping our wives will pay attention to us and praying that our children don't recognize that we have failed in taking care of them the way children should be .
I loved Beautiful Ruis, so perhaps the stars I gave this one suffered by comparison. In reality, I found the novel both funny and tragic. The author's wit often had me laughing out loud -- like, really out loud...to the point that I am sure other drivers might have considered the woman in the car a tad suspect. The story is about a man who loses everything -- in a quite believable manner. He is in shock and, at the same time, simply accepting that this catastrophe is his fate. You are there for the ride.
I guess my problem was that the story, as a whole, was ultimately unsatisfying. Not heart-wrenching in the way of Beautiful Ruins. The story. Just. Ends. Perhaps it's more realistic than attempting to give it another spin, but, what can I say, it left me wanting.
I do recommend it. And, perhaps, if I had not read Beautiful Ruins first, I would have given this four stars overall. I certainly want to read more from Jess Walter.
I actually thought the author did a great job reading his own work. No, he was not the Amazing Narrator from Beautiful Ruins, but I do like hearing authors read.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
This is my 2nd Jess Walter book - I read Citizen Vince (for real - not on audio) and thought it was OK but not really in my wheelhouse. I'm really glad I gave this one a chance. The story takes off, then backtracks, then takes off again several times over - you'd think this would be annoying but his narration kept it all together quite nicely. The fast pace, fantastic dialogue and believable characters make this one a winner in my book. I can totally relate to the main character - he's a good guy who gets tangled up in a desperate attempt to pull himself and his family out of a hole. I know If I were ever to venture into the world of being a drug dealer - I would totally screw it up too. 3 & 1/2 stars for sure.
I love that the writer was also the reader. His voice is easy to listen to. I also enjoyed how easy it was to relate to the main character and his wife.
Good narration of a wonderfully funny, and at times hilarious, story. It gives us a really good look at what's really important in the crumbling upper middle class, and how easy it is to crash and burn to the bottom.