Yep - if enigmatic means boring, then that's the right word for this one - I was lost. Either this is really boring or it's completely over my head. I found myself yawning and my mind wandering - could not focus on this to save my life! I am a devout listener and have never failed to finish a book but could not force myself to pay attention to Viriconium long enough to tell what was going on. I even had my boyfriend give it a try to see if I was just missing something. He got lost within the first few paragraphs. I kept beating my head against the wall because Neil Gaiman recommended it! I have no idea what the author was even reaching for here and kept having to go back to read the publisher's description to figure out what I was supposed to be listening to! I wanted my credit back on this one.
I can't imagine anyone who would enjoy this.
By having better material.
Overwritten, impossible to concentrate on, no discernible characterization.
This is a beautiful series of scenes, presented in one long, never changing, unvarying note. It is a noble, epic and magisterial note, but alas lack of variation made it impossible to follow for me.
If someone was looking for a great book to read (listen to), no I wouldn't recommend this. The story is beautifully imaginative and descriptive to the point of... having no point. If someone asked me for a great poetry book with an aimless wandering story, I would highly recommend this.
I'm disappointed by Neil Gaiman's endorsement of this book. Having read everything the man has published and enjoyed most of it, I was very disappointing in this book. It's just not a good
Simon Vance is incredible. His
No. Please god no!
I'm not sure who would enjoy it, it is a very convuluted story line and became hard to keep track of who was doing what.
Might be easier to follow by reading. I understand the connection with Gaiman, but Gaiman's stories have a strong narrative. This just seemed to drift and you never become engaged with any characters. Everyone in my family voted to quit listening mid-book, something that hasn't happened before.