I got this because it had been billed as a "European Gone Girl." It was not. It was badly written drivel. His supposedly brilliant descriptive passages dragged on and on. The characters (all of them) were completely detestable from the word go. At least with Gone Girl you start out liking the characters and then not liking them and ultimately kind of ambivalent. The author tried desperately to get us to like or at least some of the motivation for some of the things that happen but I never liked any of them.
Seems unlikely. The whole thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth and not just because of the events in the actual story. I can deal with dramatic horror. This just left me feeling manipulated.
The whole first section in which he goes on ad nauseum about the food, the restaurant and the patrons.
I think the narrator tried to add extra "drama" by slowing down his reading when things were supposed to feel "suspenseful." It was more annoying than effective.
I finished this book because I "paid" for it with one of my credits. But I would suggest saving credits for something more worthwhile.
Funny, intelligent and human.
This sort of reminded me of "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal" by Jeanette Winterson. I am sure it has something to do with their northern accents but both of their stories are up-by-the-boot-straps rag-to-riches stories that are funny and inspiring. And I feel like I can understand the role that story telling played in both authors' salvation.
This is a very listenable story and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Great! I love Simon Vance.
I read this book several months ago and I am surprised sometimes at how well it has stuck with me.
Yes. While I was prepared for the sparse language by all the reviews I read I actually felt like it added to the narrative rather than detracted from it. I thought when he was writing in short sentence fragments that it seemed more like a log entry or diary entry which seemed fitting considering some of the emotional terrain he was treading. And then sometimes it read like modern poetry which was also fitting since before the disaster he had been a poet.
I really liked this book and I am not a huge aficionado of post-apocaplyptic stories. I feel like the book has stayed with me longer than I expected.
I have not listened to any of their other audio work. I am familiar with their voices from the screen work they have done.
The audio editing was still a little messed up where if doubled back on itself but I was prepared for that from other reviews I read. They still hadn't fixed it when I got the book.
I thought this was a pretty good book. Martin Sheen's writing is a little better than Emilio Estevez's. He tends to be a little precious both in the content and in the delivery. But I really enjoyed the frank nature of the story they tell and I am glad I got this book.
This has long been a favorite book of mine and since I have read it several times, it probably would not have been one I would have downloaded but I so love Susan Sarandon I could not resist. She did not disappoint and did a wonderful job speaking in the mind of young Frankie Adams. I would certainly recommend this title to anyone.
I have had a year in which some momentous changes rocked my own world and reading a book like this was useful in reminding me that we are all prisoners of
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