I enjoyed the reading by Mr. Graham -- his range of voices were good including his portrayal of the Minotaur. The writing by Mr Sherill is also very good, with interesting and evocatave descriptions of people and surroundings. However, though the Minotaur has lived through 5000yrs of history, he has (or provides) little insight into his coworkers, his surroundings, or humankind. In general, the book chronicles a couple weeks in the life of a tired old freak who has lost his meaning for life but doesn't appear to be too bothered about it. Perhaps at the edges of his consciousness he notices, but there is little to draw me into caring much about the Minotaur or his life. He is a fantastical creature capable of touching you and me, but living an unexamined life -- hardly worth living, and at the risk of being too harsh, worth reading.
I sure would. Completely immersed in the story. Can't explain why - not much "interesting" happens. But the author has a sharp eye for the details of life, character and events and nothing is trivial. The title is programme: "xxx takes a cigarette break" - who would think to write a book on somebody taking a cigarette break? Even if it's a Minotaur.
There's many of them. All the moments described in detail, closely scrutinized but never boring.
Just imagining M as a dinner partner. Nah, the conversation wouldn't exactly flow. "How's the roast?" "Mmm" - "Anything interesting happen today?" "Mmm"
There were moments that didn't feel entirely "true" to me, slightly construed. Thus "only" 4 stars. But It's an excellent book nevertheless.
Hopeful mythical realism
I think its the growing sense of horror that comes from the last chapters as the minotaur's life spirals once again from his immortal grasp and looks to spiral into disaster. What follows is so touchingly hopeful that it remains with you for some time.
When i don't notice a man doing a woman's voice I know the narrator is good. when he does it perfectly
It would either be M himself, because this being would be a wonder to behold or it would have to be sweet, gullible Kelly.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
The Premise of the story was great. I think that everyone has felt like the Minotaur at some time in their life.
Maybe catcher in the rye or even twilight. There is an element of wanting so bad too fit in but feeling that you can't because you are too different but the truth is we are all unique
The Minotaur because he could not speak. I think we've all had times when we wanted so badly to express something and could not.
Probably mr grubb he seemed like the nicest most
Non judgmental person. Also he seemed like a great boss who doesn't wish they had that
I bought it because I thought it would be funny but it actually was very touching and it made me feel less lonely. Which I am sure a lot of people feel at times even when you are actually surrounded by a lot of people who care like the Minotaur was
Maybe. I listened to the audio on the way to and from work and enjoyed it. Some parts were repetitive. There were multiple instances where his horns were getting caught etc. It was an interesting story though and generally kept my attention
Mr Sweeney, the character reminded me of some real people I know.
The setting of the book was implausible, with a horned minotaur fitting right into the country scene. Couldn't stop laughing as he stumbled his way through many situations
Fantastic narration makes the audio stand apart
An easy and fun listen.
I was about half way into the audiobook and wondering what the story was all about. But I decided to persevere to the end. I was already planning my review, "I missed the point". But, the point was made very succinctly at the end of the story. And then I understood -
This is a modern day fable, complete with a moral at the end of the story. It's about being different and how people fear that which doesn't fit into the norm.
One of the problems for me was the narrator, Holter Graham. He did great mooing sounds as the minotaur and distinguished well between voices. However, his performance was quite perfunctory and bland on everything that wasn't conversation.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.
I liked the story but I wished something happend. I think I would have preferd the older Menitor, not the one worn down by time.
Not much of a story, rather pointless. Sorry I listened to it. The best thing about the whole experience was the narrator, he did the best he could with the little he had to work with.