Feinstein provides a loose structure of describing first stage, second stage, finals and touches on the adventures of many players as they go through Q school. The problem is that there was not nearly enough of what I call the golf "geek factor": extreme detail of how a sequence of holes is being played--club selection, lie, strategy, mis-hits, etc. He does provide this for a couple of players in the finals, but it seemed too little, too late. Anyone reading this book is waaaaay into golf and like that level of detail--usually.
As it was, I was left with what felt like a ton of names and totals for their rounds and how far they missed "the number." It got a little distracting and hard to follow. He does get across what an ordeal Q school is (it is being phased out now, I believe, or at least revised) and how heartbreaking and costly small mistakes--or the whims of fate--can be. If you're into golf, read it but be aware that it's a little general at times in its approach.
Once through is enough to get it--it's not literature; it's more tabloid. Could have been a bit shorter, especially in the last third. Still, I liked it. How on earth did he live through all that?
ANY part of the book that lingers on the music itself: KR's feelings for it, his devotion to it, his dissection of the one-note drone blues pieces that mesmerized him, his discovery of the 5-string open tuning on the guitar. . .on and on. . .the process of songwriting, the very beginning of the band. . . . All this alone is worth the price.
Hurley was little over-the-top but entertaining in a way Johnny Depp was not--but both brought good narration. You have to give yourself over to what this is--a show, in effect.
Who knew that towards the end Keith would share some kitchen food-prep secrets?? That's all I'll say on that! One thing is clear: he is a genius and was born to be who he is--I enjoyed the book.
I found this listen dispiriting overall. I've listened to many thrillers/crime books, some overlty violent, some more psychological and inward-turning, some a combination. They are what they are--I get that. However, I simply found the ultimate premise here weak, disconnected from many events in the story. As others have noted, there was an abundance of brutality--it was too much for me, and that is not being a spoiler. I kept on (after having stopped for a few weeks after the first chapter) simply to work through it and perhaps hoping for a turn. I dislike quitting on a book and have only done so once before--still, not a rewarding read for me--obviously it was for others. Narration was very good. I was simply not engaged by the characters or their evolution.
. . .in its portrayal of man's complex inner landscape. There are several long set-pieces of dialogue between R. and others that are engrossing in their revelation of the personality and thought processes of various individuals. An epic novel read superbly by Guidal. It is heavy in theme but nuanced, even light, in detail. We are not left with the slightest sympathy for R.--we ARE left overwhelmed and engrossed by this overarching work. Read it!
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