Plot in a novel is overrated. If you want plot, read Dan Brown instead- though that's all you'll get.
This is a work of genius- and not only because of the author's penchant for self-promotion and intentional obscurity and obfuscation.
This is truly a piece of art painted with intentionally hammy techniques and wonderful surreal and non-linear streams of consciousness. All of these things dance around the sensation of the characters, the essence of spirit that the author wishes to share with those who can sense it.
I laughed when a reviewer preferred to go back to Ulysses instead. Well, that's a mighty difficult yardstick for each and every novel to stand comparison. It's like comparing every portrait to the Mona Lisa.
Full disclosure: this was my first reading of a complete Pynchon novel. I'm not a literary snob and don't feel the need to crow about how much better his other works are. Some folks more learned and well-read than I am have said Gravity's Rainbow is far superior. Great- more to explore!
For me, this is one of the most wonderful author "discoveries" since I first read Kafka.
So glad to see more advanced titles showing up on Audible now.
Very frustrating that (on 11/30/2010 any way) EVERY sample file for Pimsleur titles is the same one from the very first basic unit (arg!)
However, I took a chance on this one and was not disappointed- it is pretty good. You should have a strong working knowledge of the language if you're diving right in at this level.
It assumes you have a good grasp of grammar and syntax, but goes easy on you with vocabulary. New words are introduced gracefully and repeated in multiple variations as with other Pimsleur titles.
Sections aren't repeated nearly enough for a beginner, but the pace is awesome if you're looking for a refresher for your conversational French and don't want to hear the same basic phrases repeated a dozen times.
This is a must-read for anyone wishing to gain insights into how the poor of the world really live, and to at least one way that can make a difference in their lives (the answer's not charitable hand-outs).
Neither a ringing endorsement of the virtues of capitalism, nor a socialist idealist picture of the world as it should be. The work of Professor Yunus represents a pragmatic and proven effective way of making the world a better place.
Read this book, get inspired, and take action (if only to reduce the amount of ignorance in the universe of how much impoverished people of the world suffer and how some can be helped).
I found the stories interesting, but gleaned very little in the way of "how to" apply Jack's lessons learned to the business world.
Maybe he is being modest in recounting the tales of his rise to power at GE, but it almost seems like luck had as much to do with his success as his drive, ambition and smarts.
The narrator is excellent and sounds very much like Jack, including N.E. accent and charm.
I would have given more than 3/5 stars, but I was hoping for more practical information from the title.
I will buck the trend here and suggest that this book is not Hiaasen's best. I first read "Skinny Dip" and thought it was a better paced and overall funnier book. "Double Whammy" was entertaining and is still a lot of fun, but personally, I think if you've got just enough room for one Hiaasen novel- you're better off with "Skinny Dip". If you're a fan and enjoy his or Dave Barry's novels, then you'll want to read or listen to all his books in any case. Good, (almost)clean entertainment!
This was a laugh-out-loud romp with outrageous characters and a highly original melange of plotlines. But special thanks goes out to the person who bought this title and plugged it in during a family trip thinking she was in for a wholesome G-rated prance with fluffy snowflakes, talking snowmen and cute little elves.
My listening pleasure was enhanced to the nth degree as I listened and tried to imagine how far you must have gone into the story before deciding the occasional flashes of profanity and adult humor were not anomolies, but *gasp* the central theme of the book!
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