It was, but I though it would be more about persuasive speaking than magic words.
The readers were wonderful actors. Their performance outdid the story.
It probably will have a follow up because it ended with questions unanswered.
The story jumps from the present to the past, which is not unusual, but the characters have more than one name. This causes confusion. I had trouble following the narrative, and I have a Ph.D. and am a voracious reader.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
This is a fast paced, surprising story. I liked it because it didn't unfold as expected and because the action kept moving.
After listening to this (but before writing a review, obviously) I listened to a second Max Barry novel because I liked this one. Just now I had to double check that it (Machine Man) was by the same author. The story in Lexicon is interesting and it moves along quickly. Te concept is new and unexpected. Machine Man was slow and a bit annoying, though the concept was new and somewhat unexpected.
The moral or parable in Lexicon is subtle (if it is intended). I thought the writing here was much better.
I recommend this one.
Based on Sumerian and Babylonian myths, well all myths/historical accounts that during several epochs a grand civilization has broken down into a multitude of fragmented languages.
Enter a league of "poets" that use these old power words that has been handed down in history to bend the will of man.
Really well written story that begins with the "end" and gets retold bit by bit.
I recommended dearly!
Any spy thriller, but better
Made me analyze the myths I have heard and rethought what we "know".
Neurolinguistic Killer Poets!
YES. I finished this listen in a day or so - I couldn't stop! I'm terrible at multi-tasking and never listen to an audiobook while doing anything but running, driving or walking my dog. Interestingly, though, I was easily coerced into "studying" chemistry and calculus while listening!
The ideas Barry puts forth are absolutely fascinating to think about and, even when I wasn't listening, I found myself pondering some of these notions: that words are essentially neurochemical signals; that certain word combinations and sounds short-circuit the normal workings of the brain; that we can easily be "compromised" by those who are gifted poets of persuasion.
Oh I loved Emily Ruff because she don't take no guff. There's always a part of me that groans inaudibly whenever a character does the "right" thing, the "moral" thing. Emily does what she wants.
Sticks and stones may break your bones but a single word can end the world.
I loved Ready Player One and if you did too, I think you'll like this book. It's referential in the way RP1 is, smart and incredibly well written. Heather Corrigan's narration of Emily is a little annoying at first and her Australian accent is terrible (it, more often than not, sounds Welsh) but it rounds out quickly as Emily comes into her own.
I have never listened to an audiobook so quickly and I have no doubt I will read it again. I highly recommend!
Say something about yourself!
This is Max Barry's take on the theme of how language affects thought with a special focus on language as a code for hacking the brains of other people in order to control them. There are many interesting ideas here, although the fiction does tend to outweigh the science most of the time and the book slips into the fantasy zone on occasion. Nevertheless, the story is strong enough to counter the hand waving going on, and you can't help caring about Barry's very complicated and compelling characters. I would recommend Neal Stephenson's "Snowcrash," and Samuel R. Delaney's "Babel 17" as earlier novels on this same theme. If you read them first, you will actually catch some of the subtle nods to these stories in Barry's book.
Exciting, imaginative, addictive
Emily; she grew on me. Started out a little annoying and then as she developed I like her more.
Loved their narration, but her Australian accent was terrible and I found it really distracting. His accent was ok.
yes; in fact it would be better to listen to part one on a long flight and then part two on the return flight. I listened at intervals and would keep getting confused because of the time shifts.I would think that I had fallen asleep and missed a few chapters, but I hadn't.
I feel like there were some gaps in the plot, but I need to sit down and think about them since I just finished listening yesterday.
Amazing! Other than some course language, I can't find any faults with this book. Intelligently written with a great plot and concept that keeps you thinking and reading. There are multiple story lines that gradually intertwine the characters, but they shift back and forth in time...so you put the pieces of the story together like a puzzle as you go.
It engaged me the same way "Gone Girl" did...just really sucked you into the story, kept you thinking, and you weren't ever sure who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. I do think "Lexicon" had a more satisfying ending.
No, but I thought they did a great job voicing all the characters.
Yes, after I got through the first few chapters I was totally hooked, but I forced myself to stretch it out and only listened in the car.
I highly recommend this book...I was excited and sad to finish it, all at the same time!
Besides being a good thriller, the book makes some interesting points about the nature of language and how a Big Brother government takes over using "words." Magic words might not exist in our world, but propaganda--isn't that kind of the same thing if it persuades people to do things they might never have thought of? Taken literally, or as a parable for overreaching government, the book works. The narrators are some of the best--each character is vividly convincing. Only negative is that the Australian accents are really not very good, especially Ms. Corrigan's. But the acting more than makes up for this fault, and story-wise, Aussiespeak in itself is not integral to the plot.
I like to chase cats.
Max Barry is good at character development, but the whole premise of the book was not my cup of tea. Despite the plot line assuring the readers that the use of "words" to make people do things is not magic, I don't know what else you could call it. I was waiting for one of the characters to say something that turned someone into a rabbit. If you are not a fan of fantasy, don't buy this book. I want my 12 hours and 36 minutes back.