Well sort of. Let me start by saying I love Dylan. I listen to his songs with as much enthusiasm today as I did when I first heard them.
I am very rarely interested in celebrity autobiographies - I am content to experience their Art. In hindsight I should have followed my own inclinations.
However, it was DYLAN?S BOOK and so eager was I to read it that I overlooked the fact that it is abridged - to me a cardinal sin. If I wanted Readers Digest I'd go buy it.
Abridged or not, if you are expecting a straight forward accounting of his life you won't find it here. There are some gems of information and some interesting insights into a self proclaimed preordained life. He seems to have a very different idea of what the "significant" episodes in his life are than the average fan.
About half way through I got tired of a millionaire complaining how hard stardom is. "why won't they leave me alone" seems to be his mantra. Well, we love you Bob, no one made you write great music. I agree that artists owe the public nothing more than the best art they can produce, but enough whining already.
In the end I can not recommend this book from a great artist. Buy his albums they will tell you much more of how a being comes to write such immortal words.
No stupid sound effects, there should be a warning label. Why do you need a woman to do the women's voice. I would have preferred a woman reading the entire book rather than having a women's voice pop up out of nowhere. It's not a movie or even a radio show. It's one person reading a book out loud as best they can. Made it very hard to loose myself in the story.
I was only able to get through about an hour of this book. It seemed like all odd Thomas did was just speculate on the weirdness of life over and over. It just got boring. I loved all the other odd Thomas books so I'm disappointed.
Just read a bunch of the other 5 star reviews and then download. There is a good reason this is a best seller and it's not a good PR dept.
This book was predictable and telegraphed from page one. The minor twist at the end is a cheap shot at the sequel that should have been part of this lame story. Also the music was QUITE annoying. Even if you love Patterson like I do - stay away from this one.
Let me start by saying Dylan Baker's reading of this novel amounts to nothing less than a 31 hour 1 man Broadway show. His charactizations were brilliant, more than just sounding like the characters he added a visual dimension to their personalities, male and female that is amazing to experience.
My only problem with his reading is the tugging at the back of my brain that I wouldn't have liked this book as well or at all if I read it myself or a less talented reader was cast. I am listening to a lot of books and I am starting to get the feeling that I have about MTV. If a song becomes popular because it has a good video but would have not been noticed otherwise , is it still a good song? Who knows. But I am worried that production values will increase and things like music and sound effects and multiple readers (ultimately one for each character may be next)become more important than the words. Ala hollywood. STILL YOU WILL HEAR A BRAVURA READING ON THIS BOOK.
The story is very good, captivating all the way through. I do agree with some other reviewers, it looses a little steam in the end. I loathed some of the characters so much that I wanted to bath a little more in their undoing.
The funny thing is this could almost just as easily been about college in the 60's and in some ways I think might actually be. Loved it.
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