In my years of audible.com use (back to 98) I have to say this is the book I recommend to friends the most. It is just a must read/listen. It grips you and holds you and sticks with you for years. This is the only audio book I re-listen to - almost on a yearly basis. It is a story of triumph and loss. It turned me into an Everest buff.
Get this book. You will love it. You will learn from it.
Just not me thing . . .
But very well done as far as voice actor. There are a few sound effects (too infrequently that they are kind of annoying) and it is a quick listen as in passes the time.
the protagonist is just too cool, too hard, etc.
Overall, I say this is a book to skip. One that had a lot of potential, but that fails to reach even part of that potential.
Pros: Compelling idea; very well produced as far as sound quality, computer voices, etc. Mostly accurate with its tech talk, especially in the first half and in regards to gaming.
Cons: (most of this review)
Really bad ending. I am fine with open ended books, often some of the best books end in an open way. But it is open in a bad way . . . just makes no sense. It is one of those audio books that you notice has about 30 minutes left and feels like it is half way done. I was sure there must be a 3rd and 4th part, but there was not.
The tech talk, accurate as it is much of the time (more so in first half when it covers existing technology, etc) it is SO OVERUSED. I make my living in computer security and network design and found this to by excessively techie for no reason.
It had a lot of potential, it just falls so short. Almost like a draft that needs about another 6 months of work.
Do not get this book if you are bothered by graphic talk of sex. This book is very adult in nature and very edgy.
At first I was not sold on his narrating but then I realized how perfect it was. I loved it.
It is a very entertaining book that is a very different listen. I laughed a lot, cringed some and was glad I listened to it.
Clearly not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like modern alternative edgy stuff (an example would be fight club the movie, which of course is one of his books) you will enjoy this.
I think there is some excellent information presented in this book. I think it presents something that is often considered optional or foreplay and makes it as the author says 'coreplay'. He makes a strong case for this (though I sort of always believed this).
There is some good survey and research information presented here . . . but here is the catch.
It is so overly flowery it will drive many crazy. Moreover, I think it would nearly instantly tune out the audience that it probably is most geared toward - overly macho guys for whom sex is about power and control. I am certainly not in that group, but at times I felt like smacking this guy and saying 'be a man'.
His is an enviable position. Writing the book like this can make it a topic of websites, TV shows, etc. Had he be a bit more direct, it could very well just be considered a sex book and get much less exposure.
I have to agree with others in that this was like a seminar report - not really adding much insight. I kept hearing topics that I would like to know much more about and it just does not happen. There are literally hours of waste in this IMHO - details covering the coming to agreement of what is what, what word means what, etc. I cannot say I would recommend to many. It does make you want to know more about some Eastern Religion stuff . . . but I was expecting more out of this.
Overall, I liked this book and found it was worth its substantial length. Tom is a wonderful writer and he does a great job setting scenes and developing characters.
In reference to him capturing college life, here is my take. If you read the book with no knowledge of who wrote it or their age - you would guess it was a young author recently out of college. It does a very good job capturing some real perspectives of modern college. This is not to say it gets all perspectives - of course it does not. When you then realize a 75 year old man wrote this, the accomplishment is stunning.
Somewhat on that topic, the thing that most distracted me was the author's choice to intermix real and fictional pop culture references. I found this distracting. He switched between real and fictional music artists like Dr. Dis (fake) and Brittney Spears (real). He does this with cars as well.
As far as her innocence - I believed it. This happens - there are a number of first generation college kids that come from very sheltered life's. I ran into more than one in school. I agree it is becoming more rare due to the internet and other technologies, but I found this to be plenty believable.
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The book really seems to lose its way in the 4th (of 4) part (the last 7 or so hours). When starting this section, I just found Char's depression to be too hard to believe. I kept saying - shut up - what you did was not that bad - let it go . . . or I was saying - go ahead, kill yourself! I think Wolfe recovers when she comes out of the depression and makes it more believable and real. However, I think the book then goes in to 'wrap up' mode and feels like the end is rushed.
I read this book in college (was a english lit major) and liked it quite a bit. I have listened to it (many years later) and found it even better.
It is not a light easy read. It can be tough to get through at times. It challenges the reader/listening - but is a very intelligent book. I recommend it to anyone who wants more than a best seller thriller every week (which I enjoy as well) from time to time.
Koontz writes great travel books - hours fly by. I have listened to the face and this on - this one is shorter and better. Enjoyable odd characters and a decent story that twists enough to make it exciting.
Yes, the idea is a rip off of 6th sense. There are also other passages that sort of feel lifted from other popular movies (the description of seeing bullets through the air with waves around them screams of the matrix). If you can get beyond that, it is a good listen and I found emotionally connected to Odd. I liked it enough to get the rest of Koontz' books.
I have listened to the face and Odd Thomas - neither what I would call a 'great' book, but both good. He rights a great 'travel' book - they move fast, have compelling ideas, and just make the time fly by. Consider me a fan.
The face passes time along with a goos story and some interesting characters and plenty of twists. The author, in my view, could have a better grasp of pop culture which is the only downside to this book. It is hard to explain, but at times you just feel like some things do not sound right (like Hector X as a gang member name - just a really poor name for a gang member - as if the author thought many 'black' people use X as a moniker like Malcom X).
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