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 read this book over forty years ago and did not remember much of the details. Joe Morton really makes the story come alive and feel very contemporary. If you have read it you should listen to his narration to get a deeper understanding and perspective on the story. If you have not read it, start with this narration. You will not be disappointed.
I am floored at this amazingly intimate portrait of the inner thoughts of this black man, every black man, every black woman... And really if you're honest, even you--whatever your ethnicity or gender--can relate to this feeling of forced invisibility, what we all rebel against many times over. We usually call it conformity. We all want to be known and seen for our unique gifts and individual contributions. This book, while it speaks from the perspective of a black man's experience in the U.S., has an Every Man quality to it that begs for a reading from people across cultures. Many times we miss the wealth of humanity because we think something written from one perspective or another is not for us. I argue that this book is for you. Very well written. Very well narrated. You will need the hard copy of this piece as well to mark up for later, deeper thought. You may also find an urge to express any inexpressible observations or emotions you've been stifling throughout your life, so get your journal out as there are many journaling prompts therein. There is also a jazz-like poetry to this book that I just couldn't get enough of. Bottom line: I thoroughly enjoyed this work of art.
This is one of the best performances/reading of any book I've listened to. The reader made all the words on the pages come to life. If Ellison listened to this book he would be pretty impressed by how well the reader infused life into his words.
Rollercoaster, it had my interest then it was at times to much details when we knew about his direction kinda overkill. interesting overall but story could have disappeared with all the details.
I really enjoyed Joe Morton performance! It really brings the book to life. This is one of those stories of i was reading the book I would take a while to get into. His performance brings you in right away. The words are beautiful and powerful, and he brings them to life.
It's amazing how relevant the themes and events in this still are. The speech he gives at the funeral towards the end could be used word for today and no one would know it was written over 50 years ago. I also like the "supposed Black leader" theme. It's a very thought provoking book.
I barely remember reading this book back in school. Listening to Joe Morton's performance I can't get certain portions of it out of my head.
This story, the coming of age of a young African American male in American society could be anyone of us. Because as we move through life we all come to terms with what it means to be visible. It all in the question. Did I make a difference? Thanks Ralph!