I enjoyed most of this book, read well and the story was riveting in many places. But the ending seems like a quick must finish book for publisher who suddenly gave an end date to finish.
I loved this book....I can't wait to discuss it with my bookclub! There are so many ways that our current technology could take this same route, and sell it as some kind of utopian society, its so important to be cautious at each new technological development....more so than I ever gave a thought to. Terrific thought provoking story!
I listened to this book in the space of two days, so I do highly recommend it. The narrator's voice is a little "bro"ish, but I haven't been able to determine if that's just his voice (in which case it's obnoxious) or if that's the voice he used for this book (it fits well). Either way, this book is great and, if you like social media, GET IT!!!
narrator was great
it gives one to question smart phones and GPSs
no one should have to give up your quiet time and always be transparent
Amazing ideas in this book. The author Did a great job of showing the progression of the main character and used side stories to make the character progression more profound. Rearing it a second time helped me notice a lot of subtle details that made me think more deeply about technology and social behaviors that are going on today. However, I did not like how the narrator used certain tones when speaking for characters because to me it did not fit with the character or story. His voice also did not change very much between the characters which made it hard to really enjoy the listening experience.
this is a story where u aren't sure who is good or evil till the end. really good story about the loss of privacy and the inevitable end of the individual.
It's 1984, but this time the totalitarian regime is all sugar coated and working for you, for me and for democracy ;)
The story is just a little predicted...
I typically don't write full reviews, but felt compelled to as a result of this narrator. He is amazing! He somehow makes subtle changes to his voice for each of the different voices required. During a part where a conversation exists between a character who is trembling with fear and panic and another character who is calm and comforting her, he seamlessly switches between these two voices he has created for them, while perfectly conveying each of their vastly different emotions, without ever skipping a beat. I've never realized how much easier a good narrator makes it to follow the storyline. He was excellent and I will specifically seek out more books he narrates, if there are any. The story was also good. :)
This prophetic satire is really chilling. Eggers takes a look into the near future and writes a not too far fetched story about the perils of Socially intrusive media taking away all of our privacy under the false premise that transparency is the cure for most of our ills. This relatively simple to digest story has unsettling implications regarding our collective future. A not so much fun "read".