A superb work, superbly read by the author. This is not an historical novel, so don't come to it looking for exciting fiction. Another reviewer had it right in saying that if you enjoy Scientific American, then you'll enjoy this. A perfect tapestry, woven from the threads of every field of science. Kudos.
Great book. Dismal reading. In fact, the worst _reading_ of a book I've heard. Some good friend should have told Charles Frazier to stick to writing and let a professional narrator do the reading. I gave it three stars as a compromise. The text gets five stars; the reading one. If listening is your only way to get to this book, then have at it, but expect your reaction to be conflicted.
Douglas Coupland?s Hey Nostradamus! was on my reading list before I discovered Audible.com The book is worth reading in any format. What I want to address here is the awesome quality of this reading?an important dimension of the experience for regular listeners. This production gets 5 out of 5 stars! The separate readers for the book?s four parts bring the novel to life with characterizations that are spot on and that will echo through your memory long after you finish the book. Superbly done!
While the book has ample literary merit to recommend it, one particularly remarkable achievement stands out in the novel?s first part. While adolescent hormones take a back seat here (or at least yield equal billing) to meditations on love, death, God, religion, and the somewhat modern phenomenon of sudden, incomprehensible violence, what makes Coupland?s rendering of the teen sex drive so remarkable is that it loses none of its accuracy or all-absorbing urgency when he wraps it in the societal legitimacy of marriage. I found that a startlingly refreshing departure from the normal authorial choices in that regard.
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