Almost perfect except for his pronunciation of "nuclear" as "nucular." Mysteriously, he fixed his pronunciation at some point.
I'm only half way done with this book (I guess I didn't realize it was 23 hours long when I bought it). It's truly excellent. When I'm not listening to it, I miss it. The story telling is just really good and it's humorous, sad, it just has everything. Just so you know, I usually like zombie/apocalypse/mysteries. This is definitely none of those (not really sure what it is...self-awakening?). I readily recommend this book to anyone.
I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.
I went into this expecting a comedy, and while there were some very funny situations, by the end my heart was aching for many of the main characters. I was hoping for a much different ending to at least two of the storyline paths, which is why I gave the story 4 stars. I was riveted but by the end I was just ready for it to be done already. I really grew to dislike Golden and just wanted to punch him in the nose and give him his just reward about 3/4 of the way through. I very much enjoyed the narrator. As he voiced the individual characters, I could envision each one.
Tell us about yourself!
I understand dry humor, but this is beyond dry. I am not sure why I finished this one. I ended feeling sad for every character in the story, and I am still not sure what the plot was. This was a boring listen.
This was one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I laughed so hard, but cried also. I usually don't laugh out loud while listening to a book. I really enjoyed listening to the narrator. Looking forward to listening to Brady's Edgar Mint book next.
Raw. Flawed. Sweet.
The Hotel New Hampshire.... a busy house, one room at a time.
Excellent! I felt he captured the spirit and nuances of each character.
The Big House - a great place to blend in.
The narrator gave a wonderful performance so much of the credit goes to him. The writing is clear and strong, the story complex, the emotions.. emotions! Raw and savage, sweet and timid... always very human, flawed human beings. I am personally fascinated by "The Principle" of the Fundamentalist Church; I learned a lot from the story, and believe is was a likely depiction of a plural marriage.
I just wanted it to end. A lot of things happen, there's no resolution, really, and the lead character is totally unlikeable. If the lead character had induced even the slightest amount of sympathy, my experience with and feelings toward this book would be totally different. As is, the lead was awful. And the writing, blegh. often, Udall is a great writer, but he kept doing these chapters where he'd just talk about "the boy" or "the father". I think he thought he was being profound, but the only effect was to slow down the action. No extra literary feat was accomplished in these chapters.
Most of the book is spent looking back at the depressing past of the characters. There is very little forward movement in the plot.
The main character lives in a polygamist community and has four wives and many children. As the story unfolds you learn about his personal history and how he ended up there, as well as the pressures he is under supporting such a large family. The characters are sympathetically portrayed, and you really come to care about them. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, due to the strange situations that unfold. The story is not predictable or trite. I definitely recommend this novel.
Loved this book. At stop lights I know people were looking at me strangely when I would burst out laughing. David Aaron Baker did a phenomenal job with all the character voices. The few sad and dark parts balanced out the rest of the story and somehow everything turns out all right.
I laughed and cried and came to understand a little more of the day to day realities of a polygamist household. The author's simple (but well-crafted) sentences made this a good listen.