Well written / read, but for something claiming to trace groundbreaking years, it is provincial and nearly claustrophic. Imagine a book constructed entirely of footnotes. I expected something larger.
Yes. I'd at least go, as I did with this, halfway.
Yes. Movie might be better.
Worth a listen if you temper your expectations, and probably wonderful if you grew up in NYC in the early 70's listening to groups this marginal but convinced you were at the center of the universe.
I've loved this series, but about 60% of this book is filler. That kind of "She said the wall was blue. The wall could have been blue, but it wasn't. It wasn't grey or orange either. Grey would have meant that someone chose that color, and some people would say that orange could have been an accident...." and another 1,000 or so more useless words. Drop the GD filler is the answer.
The plot was okay, but there was so much "and then" feeling to it — as if the story had been randomly constructed with a goal more or less in mind.
Disappointment. I kept thinking, Ok, this is a boy's own life fantasy. Don't usually get this with his books, but this one was too limp.
Anxiously waiting for the next one.
The story is good but the reader is so phlegmatic that I had to stop. He makes me sleepy.
Plot. Love the series.
Different reader. This one reads like a bedtime story. No excitement.
I thought it was slow at first, but then as the several plots began to intertwine, it got momentum -- it is a terrific read into contemporary events, and the narrator, Lou Diamond Phillips, does a truly outstanding job.
Brilliant reading of a brilliant book. It is a coming of age story, but unlike any other that I recall; very male, very testerone-filled. But what a delight! Even the minor characters are beautifully etched, the prose is full of descriptions and rhythms that linger long afterwards. Honestly, I can't praise this enough.
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