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I think that I would like to revisit this book in the future, but my seemingly endless list of things to read may not permit it. This is a book that is short enough and entertaining enough to be listened to again.
My favorite character is the computer whose error sets the story in motion. His soliloquy on the metaphysics of making mistakes struck the right chord.
I liked John (and I'm a PC) Hodgman's perfomance of Tom Carmody. He could easily have slipped into a smirking portrayal of this character, but instead, he turned him into the everyman that I could relate to.
There were a few insights into the human condition and various philosophical and metaphysical discussions. However, if you are looking for enlightenment or an epiphany of some sort, you haven't read the synopsis if this book.
Neil Gaiman has done readers, science fiction fans, and those who appreciate absurdity a great service by bringing this story to the attention of readers and listeners everywhere.
The story is a laugh out loud romp through the physical and metaphysical universe, and the preface and post-reading interview with Neil Gaiman add to the experience.
This is an enjoyable romp through a dystopia featuring zombies of the fast variety. Although I would have liked some back story, especially about the older characters, the story telling was sound.
This is not a book for the squeamish. It's definitely not boring.
Usually I read non-fiction or popular novels. This slow-paced novel reminds me a little bit of the writings of Maeve Binchy. Small events effect entire lives. Peoples reactions to events ant their later memories of them are as important as the events themselves.
Although I saw a twist coming early on, it did not diminish my appreciation of the story and the characters.
I loved the narrator. Her accents and pacing made the characters real to me.
This is story is a delight. The characters and situations were fun and quirky. The narrator was pitch perfect and I'm happy to see that Dan O'Grady narrates the sequel.
My favorite part is where Don, the story's hero is lecturing a group of prepubescent boys who all have Asperger's Syndrome.
It took me 2 tries to finish this short book. Mood is everything when listening to a curmudgeon. Worth the listen if you've become too sure of yourself and your motives.
the better story
I loved Woodman's portrayal of Pi. It reflected the exuberance and energy that one would expect from someone recounting a life changing experience.
I could hardly wait to discuss it with a co-worker who had also read the book. We especially discussed the concept of the better stories that so many people miss in their efforts to understand what is factual rather than what truly makes us real.
I had put off listening to this book because I had a feeling that it would be a rehash of Castaway at sea. It is so much more than that. It did not change my world view, but it helps me to better understand those who seek other answers.
It is difficult to write a review of this without including spoilers.
The story of Wool is a post-apocalyptic tale in the tradition of the leaky future where technology exists alongside faulty plumbing. It is a world similar to those in movies like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys or Blade Runner, yet more claustrophobic
Minnie Goode's reading is almost theatrical. She does a really good job with conveying things like breathlessness and pain.
This book has made me reevaluate my opinions about self-published books. It is easy to understand how avid fans convinced the author to expand on the original story. Howey is a natural storyteller who describes this fictional world so fully and so well, that editing would not have improved much on the story.
I originally bought this as a Kindle Deal of the Day, then added the Audible version and Whispersync for voice.
I think that this book would appeal to people who liked Ready Player One or The Hunger Games. It features intelligent characters trying to help themselves and others they care about.
It's pretty obvious that this book is the set up for a series.
The violence in this book might turn off some listeners, but it is neither gratuitous nor obscenely graphic.
I liked the description of the website that Jane's brother left for her to find, and the Mission Impossible type precautions around the site's contents.
I thought that the content of this book lends itself well to the use of two readers. The narrators' voices seemed appropriate for the age and intellect of the characters.
This is worth a listen for the author's unique take on storytelling. It is by turns uniquely observant and childishly scatological.
David Wong (or is it David Wong?) was my favorite character. His snarky commentary is as enjoyable as the main action in this story.
The narrator had perfect inflection and timing for this quirky story. His was able to convey the absurdity of the situation with the good humor and disbelief appropriate to the characters.
The musings and off the cuff remarks by the the David Wong character left me wishing he could comment on B movies with me.
Here's an example of a memorable observation:
I noticed John had brought along a thermos of his coffee, this “favor” already qualifying as an all-nighter. I admit, the horrific burning sensation really did keep you awake.
Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.
From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.
This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.
This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.
There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.
I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.
Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.
I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.
I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.
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