I am not done with this audio book yet, so the "Overall" and "Story" ratings should be taken with a grain of salt.
However, the performance is compromised by the fact that the audio version of this book has been censored. I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader/listener to figure out what was censored in the book, but I would like to voice my displeasure with this practice. This is NOT okay.
If you can't bring yourself to publish books that contain swear words or offensive phrases then please do not censor them -- have the cojones to not publish them at all rather than editing.
The audio quality isn't particularly good. Isn't there an original recording of this book done in some high quality format? It is 2014 -- there is really no good excuse for rubbish audio.
A Confederacy of Dunces would have been a lot better if it had been written by someone who is funny. I don't think Mr Toole is very funny and I have no idea why this book has sold well. It is boring.
I have no idea what would transform an un-funny writer to a funny one.
I am not sure if changing narrators would be at all helpful. I suppose you could make it slightly more entertaining by having Tony Blair read it in a funny voice, or get Gilbert Gottfried to read it REALLY LOUD.
It wouldn't be so much the cutting of a scene as throwing the entire book in the wood-chipper and going "oops -- oh well".
This is a highly over-rated book. Even the weather-report for central Sahara is more entertaining than this.
Pretty Damn Funny
I have not listened to any other audio books performed by Woody Allen before, but I would have to say that he does a cracking job in this one.
Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book: at one point I laughed so hard that I had tea spurting out of my nose and my monocle popped out. This was followed by a a brief exclamation of "damn" (as I had made a mess of my table cloth) and a rather violent throwing of a napkin to the floor. Fortunately I was able to regain my composure quickly and by the time my butler had arrived to investigate the commotion I was once again calm.
If you happen to have a time machine, please go back in time and convince Mr. Allen to produce more works of this kind.
The writing isn't up to scratch. The writer manages to be amusing for about 10 minutes and then it gets old rather quickly.
What genre would that be?
Stephen Fry is always excellent.
It had Stephen Fry.
Not even evolution's finest product, Stephen Fry, can make this book funny in the long run. It is, as I said earlier, amusing for a while, but it quickly becomes old.
The book describes a series of really interesting cases of people with brain injuries or other "deficits". This is both thought-provoking and interesting.
Sacks' tends to write a lot of filler. After every case described he produces pages and pages of uninteresting rambling talk.
I'd recommend the book. It is entertaining. But be prepared that in between the good parts there is a lot of filler.
It is hard to decide which is worse: the book or the terrible narrator butchering the book.
I guess what could make this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me is if the publiisher were to include a 20 minute clip of the narrator being exposed to 500.000 Volt electrical pulses at a rate of about 4 Hz. I think the screams of pain might, somehow, help me forget wasting a credit on this book.
Not something narrated by Mr. Riley or written by "The Keplers".
I think I clarified this in an earlier comment.
All of them. I'd cut them out and hand them over to Sonny Moore so he can mangle them into his next dubstep track.
Make Jo Nesbø bring back Harry Hole.
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