I'm from Iowa and I really wanted to like this one. Interesting subject(s) but it's not a riveting read. I struggled to find a beginning a middle and and end. When it was over I felt I had only read a first draft, I think the editor failed on this one. Instead of a book, I heard several essays, about a small town, about meth, about the drug trade but in the end, they were not tied together in a meaningful way. To make matters worse the essays were not well realized either. Each one had a few interesting pages but there is not enough to each to be compelling. What was the point about writing a whole book about methland? There's a book there but this wasn't quite it.
I am not a science guy, (English major), but I have become a complete science fiction nerd thanks to Alistair Reynolds. The future he writes about is hopeful and entirely plausible given what we know of the physical world today. In tandem with John Lee's reading this book was a great ride. I read "Pushing Ice" before this one and it's the same high quality read. Give it a shot.
Introverts are the protagonists in this exploration of PERSONALITY vs. character. Thank you to the author Susan Cain for making us, the introverts feel like the unsung heroes in a world consumed with rewarding the extroverted who exhibit not always appropriate behavior.
If this bit of dialogue sounds ok then you'll enjoy this book; "Darling, we're British and we're charming. The regular laws of the world simply don't apply to us. Let's dash off on another irresponsible adventure." That's the tone you need to accept or should I say endure to get through this one.
The narration by Simon Vance, as always: perfect.
The laws of physics are repected making this a great listen for that alone. But beware the characters and plot aren't fleshed out in a sympathetic way. There are two female protagonists who lead the story line but they are very one demensional props set against each other like bookends. There's no growth or discovery and consequently it's a little aggrivating to listen to them go at it, considering the very future of humanity is supposedly hanging in the balance. As for the plot, maybe I'm a little slow, but I wish Mr Reynolds had wrapped things a little tighter at the end - I went back and listened to the first chapter to try and make sense of what had happened - but I still couldn't connect the dots. Still, a good read overall.
We all harbor the fantasy that yes, given the chance, we too could have nightly stood on the planks, awash with light, and moved the crowds to tears and laughter. But alas 'twas not to be. If only, if only..
Well John Lithgow has. With the best of them, and he shares his unique experience with us in a very engaging way. Yes, he's over the top at some points, "They loved me!" And there is a chapter on his marriage that should have been left out. It's a painful to read letter to his family, not germain at all. But the book it is a good read. It enhanced my respect for the very few masters of drama, like John Lithgow, who can move us to tears and laughter so well.
Underdeveloped and unsympathetic characters made this a tedious listen for me. I ended up wondering how old the author, Daryl Gregory is and was very surprised to find he is 46. The book reads like it's written by a twenty year old. There is simply no depth or motivation behind any of the characters. And the the plot just stops after the first third. I kept waiting for something to perk up the momentum but it didn't happen for me.
It didn't help that the narrator was very limited in the characterizations in his voice. I don't get the glowing reviews. This book was a dud.
I expected more than a rehash of the old misguided assumptions about sex. What little was new, insightful or relevant was buried under tedious retellings of the common misunderstandings on the subject. It ends up being a long walk for slight meal.
Have your slacker kid read this one.The title would lead you to believe employee #59 along with a bunch of other "lucky" people just happened to be standing in the right place when the astounding success of Google just struck like lightning. In actuality these were very talented people hired by even more talented people to invest themselves completely in an uncertain future. The original Google employees were not hapless rejects who came together by chance. The vetting process to work at a company like Google is this: "Hire the most talented people you can find." Do your homework.
The only downside to this one; a bit too many arcane administrative details behind the scenes. But otherwise a good instructive read.
This book is dated by its sensibilities. When it was released in 1986 the themes of racism, women, (then called feminism), homosexuality, the South, New York, family violence, all were viewed through different lenses. So this story as it revealed, somewhat too slowly by todays standards, does not come off quite as poignantly as may have some 25 years ago. In that intervening time, these themes have been thoroughly examined in American fiction and as plot propellants don't entice or titillate quite as much as they could have. So the story lags a bit.
Additionally, the author's infatuation with poetry was not shared by me. There are whole paragraphs of exposition that are purely ornamental. They paint a very pretty picture of words but don't add anything constructive to the story. I found myself completely drawn out of the story and talking to the author, "Come on, come on. Lets get on with it!"
Frank Muller's narration is flawless.
"Lestat" is a deeper more satisfying explanation of the vampire world that was revealed in "Interview". I enjoyed the examination of the conflict between living eternally but only as a serial killer. Apparently even vampires, however bad, have moral limits. I've listened to this series while driving to and from work in the dark and get lost in them completely.
This second book is great but I must say the last chapters feel tacked on - as if the book company stepped in and said to Anne Rice , "Sweet heart, you've got to write an ending that leads to a sequel, and make sure you include a car chase. Any old ending will do." Additionally, Simon Vance gets a little Bella Lagosi here and there but he is forgiven.
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