Very funny, but the guy is so hateful, you can't even pity him. My favorite is still "Saturday." This book is for serious fans, and I'm one.
This book was boring. It never went anywhere interesting. Funny, it was not - the main character is a pathetic, egocentric, looser that ruins women's lives is not funny. A waste of money.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This is a very funny and odd book. You have to pay attention to catch the humor and stay on track. If you make a little effort, you'll get some great laughs and hear some very interesting points.
As both a solar astronomer and someone who works in the solar industry, I really enjoyed the book.
One caution. The humor is dry and not for everyone.
I tried. I really tried to like this book, but just couldn't find any redeeming characteristics. Didn't like the characters, the plot, nor the narrator. Maybe it just didn't lend itself well as an audiobook. Can't understand the rave reviews from critics. I have never deleted an audiobook before, but I finally got so fed up I just couldn't take it anymore and did just that. Felt pretty good, I must say.
Narrator does a great job with it, frequently laugh out loud funny. The protagonist is fairly despicable--you have to be willing to spend a lot of time with a raving egotist (but eventually everything catches up with him). McEwan can get bogged down in the science, which is the novel's main fault.
The written version may have been better, but I seriously doubt it. An endless connection, or disconnection, of metaphors and painful detail about a very boring protagonist in a failed attempt at humor.
This is very slow moving book. It purports to be witty and humerus? However, the humor is juvenile and in most cases not very funny. I would recommend you save your money and buy another book.
Though not quite as splendid as Atonement or On Chesil Beach I much appreciated the author's humor in drawing the character of Michael Beard. The story was followed by an excellent interview with McEwan which told much about his writing process and enhanced my appreciation after having read the book. I will most certainly read more of McEwan's works! Roger alum's reading playeda large part of my enjoyment
I don't know the last time I doubled over laughing while listening to a book. The main character is an utterly despicable anti-hero who just stumbles from one hilarious, self-inflicted disaster to another. I noticed there are a lot of negative reviews, and I was trying to figure out why. If you are easily bored by physics, or not familiar with the academic/scientific/tech world, it may not be for you. That's the only thing I can think of, because I really thought it was one of the best things I've read/heard this year.