UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!
If Whispersync was available I would be so excited to re-read and add notes! Too many layers for one reading.
The opening chapter was brilliant, original, and engaging; very reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's _Notes from Underground_ but significantly new at the same time. The novel as a whole maintains a tacit Dostoyevskian tendency to constantly consider ambiguities of action and interpretation that seem honest throughout--you can really believe in this character. And yet the actual narrative is clear, not muddy like Henry James or other authors who might fit this same description.
The opening chapter; the book begins in media res, and you wonder throughout how we're ever going to get back to the beginning, which is fascinating in itself.
Overly dramatic, widely varying volume, impressive range of character voices
No; I couldn't stomach it for more than an hour at a time.
Joe Morton has a truly impressive and useful range of character voices throughout, but he puts way too much dramatic emphasis on every paragraph of the whole novel, and it's just frustrating. Whereas on a scale from Robot (0) to Melodrama (10) I like my books to be about a 5, 6 or 7, he's a consistent 8. (For comparison, I'd put Jim Dale at a 6.) It makes the whole book sound like it's full of caps, italics, and ellipses, and it's just way too overstimulating. I can handle listening to the whole book, but only in 20-60 min. snippets at a time.
I'm not done with this book yet. I'm not even half way through, but I just have to stop to say Joe Morton is enthralling in this role. He's a one man theater group performing the roles of each character, imprinting each one in my head, with full dimensions, and subtleties. He impels the listener with a rolling smoldering intensity from the beginning, to follow the protagonist's journey, to be transformed, to realizet he is invisible, and what that is, in explicit, complex, glaring terms.
No doubt a brilliant piece of literature , but just not my kind of story. On and on with nothng ever working out right. To me, a little disjointed too. The reader did a brilliant job, however.
I wish I had read this story long ago. insightful and brilliantly written. it captures the feeling that a lot of young black men have toward the world.
This is a masterpiece of modern literature. Truly. The odyssey of the narrator, the invisible man, is a blistering and insightful commentary on the black experience in America, socially, politically, and historically. Unfortunately, I couldn't deal with the narration. I had to stop listening about 4 hours in. Joe Morton alternated between William Shatner-esque weird, halting phrasing to incredibly fast recitation, which I suppose is supposed to pass for intensity. He did the various character voices well (which is why the narration rating is 2 stars rather than 1), but I couldn't get through the narrative passages, which comprise most of the book. So, I bought the book and read it instead. Great book, lousy narration.