Undeniably the best book I have read or listened to in a decade.
Short stories require the lightest touch, while developing characters and narratives in a very short time. I listened to this and laughed out loud, stopped in the middle of a walk to listen carefully, so very carefully, to the beauty of the language.
Description - hmmm. Maybe better to read the NY Times interview/conversation with George Saunders. Simple stated, stories that put a finger on the pulse of our times interspersed with tempo changes that either ground the stories in reality or allow them to soar into a kind of magical realism.
I felt heard and seen in the landscape as I listened to this astounding creation.
This author is creating unrest in my book listening habits! He is blending the thriller and a philosophical treatise into one pleasurable experience. And although I wish to listen to other books and change the pace, I cannot. Try ANY of his books...creative, imaginative, thought provoking, suspenseful, easy to listen to...listen to these stories and watch the hours fly by!
Had no real idea of this man's mental prowess. Both in rational thought and an mind that frames the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Here's a quote (one of many).."Moral hazard has never met a more efficient amplifier than a digital network" Speaking in a context of the financial meltdown and middle class disenfranchisement of the last few years. Had to write this review before going any further in the book but I can't wait for each word of the book.
Having stumbled into "The Good Son" by the same author, I purchased this book. Both books deeply engaged me. Left me wondering....Thought provoking, he describes a familiar world that is transformed into a different reality by various means we may never understand. Is it a mind altering drug or prolonged capture that has the power to transform the characters? Or is it the evanescence of our reality? Are we the captors or the captive? Everything flashes in the light of his prose.
Listening to the book is spectacular. If you are interested in the Western ethic, particularly the people of Texas over several generations executed with immense polish, this book is for you.
George Saunder's book "The Tenth of December" is also a remarkable performance and much better listened to than read, I believe.
I write this review as a way to invite EVERYONE to read this book.
The only character is my favorite - the woman who cares to make her life engaging and important to herself and those around her.
This is a book written as a manifesto and manual for changing the way women behave and are regarded. How you regard yourself and how our culture regards you.
I became accustomed to the narrator but would have preferred a more mature and mellifluous voice. I think the more mature voice might have also had more credibility.
For me, there is a nasal edge that grates ever so slightly the entire book.
All I could think was "Ms. Sandberg must have been mentoring or sponsoring this person".
No. In fact, this book is to be really listened to - the more attention paid, the better the results.
Also, there is a companion website that is spectacularly effective and interesting for building skills.
I might actually purchase the book as well as having listened to it. There are sections I will want to read again and again.
In the top ten
Reminds me vaguely of caribbean version of Jane Austen's books and completely different. A compelling historical novel - one of the best. Written by a man?? If so, remarkable sensitive storytelling.
Robin Miles MAKES the book. I don't think it would be the same book if I had read it instead of listening. Her accents are spot on, brilliant. Pauses and inflections, subtle timing shows a master at work.
Yes. I was not able to. However, it allowed me to accomlish a lot of organizing in my life as I would listen and work!
This book underlines the importance of a talented narrator. It should be nominated for some prize at Audible.
hard to stop listening to this one.
actually, faintly reminiscent of "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" as it was a wonderful narration by same talented individual and a story of broad implications made personal by telling an individual's story.
I was happy to have it on Audible as I might have been frozen in time reading a book I found hard to "put down".
This narrator is magically adept at bringing the author's personal touches to life in this book as well as in "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" . Both of these books as well as Hillary Mantel's transcendental novels literally left a void in my life at the end of each book.
Brilliant, talented writers and narrators bringing these works of art to life.
The road to modernity
The narrator. Pitch perfect.
This summer - "Beautiful Ruins" as it is a memoir involving real people from a specific time and place as well.
Everything. She was perfectly suited to the part. She gets the priggishness, the hilarity, the self discovery tucked into her tone of voice and pronunciation (sic?)...she's great.
Summer with Louise
No. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone except maybe an unsophisticated 21 year old girl.
Yes. Silly book. Could have been spicy and empowering but it isn't - it is just plain sophomoric.
What a fun idea with flacid execution.
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