The 13 intertwining characters grow old as we reflect on their lives. Depressing and uplifting as some people get what they deserve and others don't, but interesting and thought provoking. I like the music themes as well.
I have been a fan of Jennifer Egan's work since graduate school, and have made sure to read everything she has written. I was so excited for this book to come out, and decided to listen rather than read this time around. I enjoyed the audio experience, and liked the book overall, although Invisible Circus and Look at Me are still my favorites. The characters are complex, and the narrator is able to capture this. If the characters weren't complex and ever changing and growing, it wouldn't be an Egan novel. I wanted to hug and throttle Benny at the same time, and I found myself switching between loathing of and admiration for him throughout the entirety of the book. I definitely recommend this one.
A friend and I both experienced this book at the same time. She read it while I listened to it. I was immediately sucked in by the wonderful performance and wacky characters while my friend found them to be self-absorbed and unlikeable.
This book explores capitalist greed, the near-religious selfishness of America and links most of it to the entertainment industry, the temple of the two. As someone in the industry, I found it fascinating, true and heartbreakingly honest. Narration helped to smooth over some of the duller vignettes for me.
I like horror, science fiction, transgressive writing, and some nonfiction.
If you were part of the American Hardcore movement or the earlier American Punk movement, this book will interest you most. If you like character driven stories, this book is a fascinating story. A good read.
I came to this book not knowing what to expect. The story itself is a series of complex intertwined pieces spanning around 50 years, encountering some of the same characters at different stages of their lives. Jennifer Egan has a wonderful turn of phrase and the stories have stuck with me after I finished the book.
The reader of the audiobook, Roxana Ortega, manages to convey all the different characters with subtlety and depth. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I set a pretty high bar for narrators, especially when it comes to "character" voices. This was brilliant.
Really cannot even comment on the storyline because the performance/ narration was so bad that I couldn't get past the first chapter. I hate these breathy, baby-voiced narrators.
LuLu both as a child and an adult. Especially as an adult working in marketing, she had a way to explain away any ethical dilema.
The description of the powerpoint graphs was terrible! I sure wish that part of the audio book had been left out.
I think the narrator was the biggest drawback for this book. The storyline was solid and interesting, but I found myself not liking it. It was read in a stoic, gloomy, sometimes haunting voice that I feel did not fit the story. There were many honestly comic and whimsical situations where the narrator could not change vocal emotion to bring out the feeling.
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!