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.
Great book to listen too. So many layers coupled with the back and forth of time and overlapping and intersecting characters came across beautifully when read aloud. I couldn't stop listening; hated to be interrupted. Excellent.
This is a fantastic book, both the story and narrator. I look forward to reading other work by the author.
Excellent writing - extremely well crafted and with real depth. Harder to follow with the audiobook version but still a piece of art with the vividness of detail lent to the texture and color of the characters, their emotional meanderings and intersections.
There is not just one story, there are many short stories that all intertwine with each other. Some characters are obvious, others you figure out their role the second or third time you have a listen.
It's a great listen, but my son says it's a better read. With the book it's easy to go back and find where important things happen.
The end of the first short story. At hat point you are wondering what about he next 5 hours?
I actually prefer to listen to my books read by males, but it was easy to understand and not too slow, more to say it was just the right spleen and characterization to not have to rewind to find the voice com the past.
Oh gosh, I have no idea.
It's a book that if you like I you find yourself listening to it again and again. If you get lost after the second chapter, it's not a book for you.
Ortega does an amazing job of getting the characters on the page in this complicated and beautiful novel. I have not been this blown away by a book in forever.
Both the Audio and Kindle versions are equally strong and work well together.
Goon and Olive Kitteridge are similar being made up of free standing stories that also make up a novel. But there is a difference, the Olive stories work best read as arranged by the author. Whereas time is a goon, here (and presumably elsewhere) music is an ally. The Goon's format resembles a record album with parts A and B. The chapters, like songs on an album, are standalone narratives rather than parts of a coherent whole yet they are inherently connected. Each tells part of the story from the viewpoint of a different character; some (for example, the fourth one) from the viewpoint of multiple characters. The narrative is sometimes in the past tense, sometimes in the present, sometimes first person, sometimes third person and once (chapter ten), second person. We are free to read the stories as edited or at random like a playlist on shuffle.
Roxana Ortega makes us hear and see the characters at different ages and circumstances.
Instead of seeing a hoped for old flame leaving her NYC Downtown apartment, a young lively woman unknown to the two former loves and the reader opens and walks out the door.
Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Jennifer Egan reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives other characters whose paths intersect from the 1970s through 2020s. The Trickster-Time's impact on body and memory, the Music in one's life, and the possibility for reconnection are this terrific book's themes.
A very well written story about the human side of the music business. About making it and collateral damage. About being young, getting old, with money and without. About drugs and the best of all - rock and roll because the music is what ultimately mattered. Jennifer Egan brings you into it through the eyes of her characters and Roxana let's you live it through her performance.