I would characterize it as a 3D read. Disjointed, dark and depressing. Could not get far enough for a take away if there was one.
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.
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.
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.
This was a bad story and a bad performance. Don't buy this book. It is not worth the money.
Certified bookworm since 1962
I should start out by saying I am not a Jennifer Egan fan. I read "The Keep" and did not understand what the hoopla was about because I didn't care for the book. The seemingly universal great critical reviews for the hardcover version of "A Visit From the Goon Squad" convinced me to reconsider. I guess I just do not "get" this author's voice.
One of the most amazing books! It keeps you interested the whole way through. The narrator does an incredible job of making the plot and characters clear and compelling. I couldn't recommend it more!