Narration--excellent. I've read several of his books and liked them all. This is an unconventional tale. If you like Kafka you'll like this.
I admit I gave up after losing 12 hours of my life to this travesty. This is simply a travelogue of a an obnoxious Vietnam vet who returns to Vietnam 20 years after the war. Anything that happens in the book after the first 12 hrs cannot redeem the first 12 hrs. Complete boredom. There are much better Vietnam war remembrance books out there and there is zero suspense in this one.
I dreaded listening to this book and admit that I gave up about halfway through. It is simply depressing and filled with graphic depictions of tortures, murders and general bad interpersonal relationships.
Maybe I shouldn't have ordered this book because I don't care much for domestic dramas but the art aspect appealed to me. The parts of the book about art were in fact very good.
I'm not a reader who necessarily has to like the characters in a book, but these characters were simply annoying. The narrator is extremely egocentric and the other characters are not much better. Also, on approximately every other page someone is apologizing about something.
Lots of humor and interesting story. It may not be suitable for people who get bored by technical stuff
I have listened to several Gaiman books and have enjoyed them all. This one tried to be funny and is not and all in all is kind of dull.
There are 3 novellas here. The story is great in all three. However, the first 2 are narrated by the same person who does a great job, while the last one is narrated by a different narrator who makes BD sound like a simpleton. Couldn't finish the third one.
The narration was among the best that I have heard. The story is of the Southern Gothic variety. Not everybody like this genre, but if you do, this one is a real standout.
First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day
I liked the courtroom scenes but the domestic scenes were nothing special at all. Typical parent teenage interactions that are kind of dull. Cutting out about a third would have improved the pace. If you want to read (or listen) to a similar book that is more to my liking, check out Presumed Innocent.
The New Yorker just keeps getting worse from week to week. The articles are now of three types: Fluff that would be better off in People magazine, boring examinations of subjects that are of little to interest to anyone outside of Manhattan and politically slanted pieces that are intended to make a point. In addition the narrator often makes mistakes which he then corrects and the editors can't be bothered to remove the mistake. Bye, no more subscription for me.
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