EveLynn in Kissimmee
I was a bit disappointed. It was an okay way to pass a long road trip. Dysfunctional characters caught up in the normality of life. I was a bit bored at times.
Boring, boring, boring! What else can one say about such a boring senseless, unentertaining work? It is boring!
After all the hype I was excited to dive into this audio book... but what a let down. Boring, to say the least. It was much longer than it needed to be, the characters were flat and uninteresting.
I have just proven to myself that I should not get a book because of it being on Oprahs book list. There are a few books in her club that I have liked but this is not one of them. I am sorry that I got it.
LeCoux read with such snarky sarcasm that he left me no room to discover for myself who these characters were. He seemed hung up on punctuating everything with cleverness and attitude. It really pissed me off. But I slogged through it. I need to go back now and actually read the book to see if I can relate to the characters better than I could by listening to the narration; to see if I can care about them.
I was intrigued by the sample for this book, I wanted to get to know the characters presented in that snippet. However, what interested me about the presented ways of one of the main characters never reappeared, it was a cleaver but not truly representative description. I did listen to the whole book, but at times I wondered why. These people were so self-absorbed, so selfish, so non-reflective about themselves, expect in the most painstakingly situational way that I wanted to shake them. I know enough people who can't get out of their own way, I don't want to spend my leisure time stuck listening to them as well. Not much here, if you want to understand what makes us most profoundly human.
Reading these reviews of Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom a Novel" certainly proves the old maxim "do not argue over matters of taste." I hesitate to post my review, as I don't really have the right to review a book I did not finish. However, as I grow older I find my time is too valuable and life too short to bother with books I hate so vehemently, and I feel I must spare some innocent Audible fan so many hours of pain and boredom. In a nutshell: I hated the characters, didn't care anything about them, and very, very strongly disliked the narrator. b e w a r e
The book was kind of interesting at first. That is, in the character it created. However, after a couple chapters I began to ask myself, "What's the point."
I guess if one likes to peer into the fictional lives of others, it might be interesting. I have never been one to appreciate gossip, especially when it is made-up gossip.
There was no learning or inspiration with this novel. It was just a bunch of fictional dirt about fictional lives.