A quasi experimental/gimmicky novel built on a grid of orbiting short stories (somewhat centered on the two characters of Sasha and Benny).
Each chapter is led by a different character caught in the periphery of the two above mentioned (noncentral/nonprotagonists). Up until the midway crisis, at least the realistically drawn characters depicted held some relatable sympathetic characteristics.
Don't bother with the book unless you're feeling the need to justify humanity and human nature is leadened with crud and hopelessness. It's not a terrible read as much as it's a painful drag of a read.
The writing and prose is spot on for a work from Jennifer Egan and the narration is perfect.
Hauntingly miserable. Like some sort of Kafka story about a horrible book that never ends.
Two points are clear: the Pulitzer's must have had absolutely nothing to chose from and awarded this by default. And second, no qualified reader in the world was available to narrate this trash. I'm not sure what was worse, the story or reader.
I only finished this...this...this "product" out of either an innate sense of obligation or, most likely, insecurity. It won a Pulitzer. Certainly I just need to give it time to reach its full profundity. But oh. The the tripe. The modern trope. Arbitrary voice changes? Check. Convoluted time sequence? Of course. Uninformed criticism of modernity? You betcha!
I'll go out on a limb and say that this was most likely typed in various Brooklyn coffee shops by... Oh. I just better stop there. Suffice it to say, this book was horrible. I'm only taking the time to write this because it is supposed to be good.
Much like the other reviews said, no audiobook can do the second to last chapter justice (not a spoiler at all: it's written as a slide show) so you definitely want to have the book or kindle version at hand. I moved between the two and it was great.
I couldn't even finish this book because the narrator was so bad. She had no inflection in her voice and literally sounded like a robot. I'm so sad because I heard that it was such a good book.
All the characters are such hopelessly flawed people without redeeming qualities. I lost patience trying to feel anything besides exasperated and didn't bother finishing the book about 3/4 of the way through.
The first chapter draws you in a little bit. Just enough to be fooled into wasting more of you time with this book.
I you like slow boring books with a weak plot, read this. Audible I want my money back
I didn't know what to expect. you get to know the characters well from so many angles over a such a long time.
I enjoyed it.
I'm never a fan of when one actor does a bunch of different voices, especially when they're the opposite gender of the character. makes it harder for me to believe.
excepting that, it was read well enough.
It was relatively straightforward to follow as an audiobook. I knew going in there were some literary experiments to deal with but the production dealt with it well though I wonder if I hadn't known one of the chapters was also a PowerPoint if it would have been the same.