I was really hoping for a fun read here, but was very disappointed overall. The characters were just a bit too hokey, and there wasn't anyone to really identify with. Toward the end, I was hoping that all of them (except Jennifer's daughter) would destroy each other in some interesting and violent way. But, it was simply more rambling narrative. There were too many points where I thought to myself "who cares?", especially at the end of the chapters. If you're interested in this type of story, look at Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash." It's much more skillfully done.
I found this book to be wonderfully insightful about the human condition, and to be cleverly crafted and well-written as well. It's definitely a book for those who care about people and who can empathize with the plights of others, especially those less fortunate. I felt the author's very sensitive treatment of the main character helped me understand some of my own motivations, and the journey the main character took was filled with engaging metaphors that continue to be grist for further reflection. I found this story at turns funny, sad, thought provoking and, overall, very entertaining.
This is probably one of the worst books I've listened to, ever. A cast of cardboard characters, a rambling narrative and tedious plot development all conspire to make this book a chore to listen to. I found many of his other books to be great, but certainly not this one. Move on.
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