So glad to find this unabridged version of Kavalier and Clay. I read the novel several years ago and loved it then. The narration is excellent.
English major. Love to read
Somehow I wasn't paying attention when people were reading this book and raving about it. Now that I have read it, many of my literary friends are looking at me and saying -- "of course I have read it, it's fabulous!" My silly response is "why didn't you tell me?" I think this all points to the fact that I truly love reading a book that takes me somewhere else. whose words I relish over and over and whose characters I just simply miss at the end of the reading. This is such a story - not to be missed. As a matter of fact, just download it now because you won't be disappointed.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I was very disappointed in this book. It received such rave reviews. It started out very strongly with the first 1/4 but then it fizzled. The book should have been a novella. The beginnings of the comic book industry and how comic book stories are conceived was really interesting and exciting. But then the story began to sway from sub story to sub story with no apparent reason. Why was it important to spend so much time on Joe's time in Antarctica and why was there such an emphasis on the dog relationship. It seemed to me that Chabon had made up a story board like they do in comic books and tried to fit them all in to the book. Some parts of the book seemed like it was trying to be a True Romance comic. My overall feeling is that the author was trying to hard to write a really powerful book but just didn't have the story upon which to hang it. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
I hadn't realized before I listened that this book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- a prize that, in my opinion, is well deserved. A captivating story, masterfully woven, that tells a tale spanning the period from WWII through the early 1950's. David Colacci does an excellent job of narration, even if he does (as another reviewer pointed out) pronounce some Yiddish words strangely -- or at least not as my Polish & Russian Jewish family pronounced them. A very minor quibble. Highly recommended.
Archaeology student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Going through HuffPo's 30 before you're 30 and wasn't excited for this at all. Great.
My teenage son, who is into comic books, and I both listened to this book at the same time. At 26 hours, this book is a more substantial committnent than I have ever made to any pleasure book in decades, but this book was worth the effort. Clearly well-researched, with compelling story lines, vivid descriptions, and interesting characters (both fictional and historical), this book gave us the joy of escape with a dollop or two of history (comic books, WWII, surrealism). I think my next book may be a deeper dive into this historical period.
Amazing story and brilliant narration combine to tell a story of America in transition with characters you really have to root for and can't forget.
The amazing writing coupled with David Colacci's fantastic performance reading it were more than enough to get me through many of the tedious tasks needed to be performed daily. Also, the voices he did were really impressive!
Being a history buff and comic book fan, this was the perfect book. I highly recommend it.