Say something about yourself!
This book has wide appeal, I have no doubt. It is written in the rapid fire language of the modern sensibilities with both humor and insight. One thing that might be noteworthy is the building of tension through this superb narration: I had to read it in smaller chunks rather than listen for long periods of time, otherwise, the chaos tended to be overwhelming. It has a great sense of voice for the current generation, and a good feel for confusion that is fueled by youthful optimism, only the best kind. I'd listen to it again, though…. later, after I rest my brain a bit.
Youth and beauty conquer age and cunning.
Fortress Of Solitude meets Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close.
Any time the two brothers "got" each other.
Persistent yet patient.
Characters could be more believable?
Big kudos to Dion Graham whose spectacular reading brought this book to life
Also kudos, of course, to Eggers for pathos and humor in sharing his life
The way D. Eggers tell his story is very interesting and detailed. He goes back and forth, always between telling what's happening and describing who he is with or how he feels. The narrator is incredible. Fantastic performance.
You can't write a book like this without JD Salinger. You also can't get the genius of George Saunders without this work. So as a bridge connecting Tenth of December to The Catcher in the Rye, I am very grateful for its existence. As for its own merit, it was honest and rambly and self-pitying and desperate and depressing and irritating -- with what ended up to be very little heart. Or at least it didn't translate into heart for me. Being disgruntled with life and the lemon-throwing machine it can be only transcends it if the characters can overcome and grow from how they handle the challenges.
. I'm so glad I got this book in audio. Dion Graham's reading is art in it's self. Sometimes I'd run back a part just to listen to the words again.
Eclectic physical philosopher, carbon free commuter, fitness consultant, personal trainer, non-medical nutritional counselor, yoga teacher.
I have too many people I cherish and respect who loved this book. Perhaps I missed something. I found it painfully insufferable. (Maybe it served me well though because now I know not to ever get that way with people.) some things were relatable, and truth be told I did like one small part in the book that made it worthwhile to me. It was the part during the Real World application interview where he talks about being seen. Alas, I listened to the preface at the end and the author, whose other books I have yet to read & will give another chance, does own the excessively self referential crazy making aspect of the book unapologetically. Perhaps reading it is different from listening to it. But if it weren't for the people in my life who recommended it so highly I wouldn't have even bothered to finish it. I hope I enjoy his others when I get around to reading them someday. I'm so biased, I finally looked up an image of the author who looks so cute... Is that another reason why I'll give him another chance? Yes, I know I shouldn't be so superficial. I am for giving thighs a second chance though. Being attractive doesn't hurt.
I have to disagree with everyone who slagged off the reader - i thought he did a great job. Unfortunately I wasn't very interested in the book itself, no matter who was reading it. Funnily enough, I loved the preface (which is at the end...) but the rest of it I could take or leave. Not awful but not great either.
This book was tough to listen to. While I can appreciate the "staggering genius" it took to write it, I also found the subject matter depressing and the constant tangents and stream-of-consciousness tiring, especially in audiobook format. The narrator does a great (if sometimes overly enthusiastic) job of reading, but the constant jumping from one idea or moment to the next made me often lose focus and have to rewind. That being said, it was an interesting read, and had some beautiful, touching moments.