I stuck with this book for several chapters but finally dropped it. This seems like one of those highbrow award winners that lacks a good story. This may be judged to be top notch in terms of craft (I note that other reviewers admire how the story comes together... but I would have needed to get to the last chapter to understand that). I didn't feel like listening to a whole story I didn't find interesting to admire the job Egan does tying these stories together. I put this in the same category as Franzen's book "Freedom" - too much navel gazing. I read to enjoy and learn. Apart from the opening chapter about the kleptomaniac, from whom I learned a lot, neither was happening here.
Iliked the narration the best.
It is interesting to see what people who live only for the culture of this world look like.
Her characterization with voice, amazing
This is definitely not my life or way of living. There is zero spirituality for any of the characters. It is interesting but empty and sad.
Loved it--I couldn't wait to get back in the car for my 3,000-mile road-trip each day so that I could continue to listen to this magnificent book. Compelling, amazing characters, interesting plot, insights into the psyche--it's all there!
A Visit from the Goon Squad paints a mostly negative picture of life and the progression of time. The characters are generally selfish and disjointed.
While the book has beautiful descriptions it is very hard to become hooked and stay engaged.
Slightly above average.
I would have turned the book into independent short stories (no character overlap) or made the read more fluid.
It was very surprising to me. I have to admit that I stopped it about 30 minutes into it, and didn't pick it back up for about three months. I found it strange at first, all the different characters. Then I found myself really getting into the audio and I couldn't put it down. My advice to anyone is stick with it, because once it was over... I was like "This seriously is one of the best books I've experienced!" I actually want to buy the hard copy and read it myself.
Wow, there really are a lot of memorable moments, but for me... I couldn't help but fall in love with Rob Freeman. As screwed up as Bennie and Sasha are, I loved their characters too.
I thought she did a good job.
The most memorable is of course Bennie Salazar and then Sasha. Mainly because every story involves them in some way. Even if they are not in that story.
I really liked La Doll and I felt sorry for her. It is like I said earlier though, Rob was my favorite. You know in the beginning something is going to happen to him, but until Jennifer Egan leads you to his story, you haven't a clue what's really going to happen, and then when you find out... it is overwhelming how much love you wind up finding yourself have for this young man. Also, if you find yourself thinking, I am confused and I don't want to listen anymore. Please listen! The reason is... I thought Jennifer Egan did a great job of tying everything together at the end.
Very hard to follow. Would change from one place and time to another. Very confusing!
Make it less confusing.
I had high hopes for this one. I was searching out a prize winner, pulitzer no less, for my next listen and thought this one would be a good pick. I'm a musician and know the music industry, i'm an avid reader, and I loved the last pulitzer prize winning novel I read (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). I just couldn't get interested in this one. Mostly I couldn't connect with the characters, and the narration didn't keep me engaged. I'd find myself drifting and minutes would go by that I didn't hear. I appreciate the writing skill of the author and the intertwining structure of the novel is skillfully done. But that wasn't enough to keep me going. I made it to about 6 hours in and just couldn't keep going.
Grapes of Wrath
I couldn't decide if she was perfect for the tone of the novel or was actually the reason I didn't like it. I think it was the former. I don't think I would have liked this one had I read it instead of listened.
rarely do I not finish a book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters and
Friends say I have a twisted sense of humor and this book fits the bill!