While the author brilliantly manages to switch between voices, decades, perspectives and writing styles, the narrator doesn't manage to keep up. Ortega simply doesn't have the range necessary to pull a book like this off. Would have been much better if read by a larger cast, as was done in
Let the Great World Spin by Colum Mcmann
I usually resist anything that sounds too new age-y, and often times breathing meditation guides tend to veer in that direction. But Andrew Weil presents the material like a doctor would, highlighting how the breathwork relates to overall health and the nervous system. And through this, he gently opens doors to a deeper spiritual connection. His voice is soothing, and the tempo of the breathing exercises is excellent. Highly recommend it.
Why are all the characters either obnoxious jerks or pathetic losers? After a while, you crave a few more characters you can relate to and care about-- no matter how engaging the writing is.
The narrator does a great job and the book is very well written.
But it is true-- the characters are annoying, bordering on intolerable. Throughout, I wondered why he had to waste good writing on bad people. Why not write instead about more interesting, compelling characters? But I found that if you stick around for the ending they do redeem themselves, they evolve, and the book pays off.
Although the book is set in a dystopian near future, most of what it describes is just a satire of what we're currently living and experiencing as a society. That's what makes it super sad but true.
It's nicely read, and since the prose is very colloquial and always in first person, you can listen to it pretty easily without too much concentration.
highly recommend it.
THe narration was great and the story is captivating.
Should entertain even those like myself, who are not convinced about the greatness of this trilogy, but enjoyed it all the same.
the monotone reading of this book flattens all the characters into one droning voice and the book never comes alive.
The book is interesting and well written. So if you enjoy Paul Auster's writing, I'd recommend picking up a copy of the book, but skip the audio version.
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