I have some friends who have decleared this book their bible, and I can see why. It really changes your view of the world.
Will Patton as a narrator is perfect for this novel. He reads it incredibly fast though, so strap up. But that is how this novel needs to be read, because the story takes place is such a pace.
A must-read and a definite five star book!
This is a classic. You all know what it's about (drugs). And it's exactly what you expect.
The narration is just perfect. He nails the mood of the situation and the character of Thompson.
Haha. His attorney is a really funny guy.
It's an action-novel. As though the author have seen Die Hard too many times. If you like that, then that's fine.
It actually tries to be a crime-thriller though, sucking you in by hiding information and make you wondering what's going on - just like Dan Brown is so good at. And Clive Cussler does this well in the first one-third of the novel. After that it becomes a bit predictable, full of cliches etc.
Be aware, its a very American novel. And very post-9/11. I'm European and study International Relations, and there are some things in this book that are just waaaay off.
But still, it's enjoyable. Good narration. It's easy, like watching a block buster. But not something to remember.
I haven't read any other of Pamuk's works, but this book by itself proves him worthy of the nobel prize. His way of describing the surroundings, the athmosphere and the general mood really draws you in and takes you there. Pamuk also proves himself a mastermind of story telling. This is a deep, intriguing and engaging story. Great to listen to during the winter (especially here in Norway). I highly recommend it.
The narrator is great by the way.
If you like stand up comedy, you are going to like this one. It is obviously not the same as seing them on television or live, but it is still really funny. Also, it is a very nice way of starting your day; it gets you in a good mood and gives you a supplement of jokes to tell your friends.
All though not as good as After Dark and Kafka on the shore, this is a really good book. It has the mystic that characterizes Murakami's work and the Narrator - with his calm, informing form of narrating, and an immense variety in the characters' voices - is simply perfect.
If I could I would give this book a 4,5 rating, but I can't, so its a 5.
This book is a classic, for good reason. It is classic Kafka, with the whole mystic, conspiracy, "what the f''' is going on?" kind of thing that make us love his work. I think parts of it is actually better than the trial, but in the last third of it, there are so many endless monologues and discriptions of how impossible the system and everybody is. It really seems that Kafka is going crazy and paranoid where he sits in his loft writing. And off course, it is not finished, which is one of the things this book is really famous for. The way this book ends is really cool.
Of all the audio-books I have listened to, this one is probably the one of which I still have the most and best mental pictures, and I read it 6 months ago.
The narrator is great, sometimes he talks a bit too fast, but reading Kafka out loud is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world (alongside mr. Obama's), and this considering, he does a perfect job. His voice is also incredible to the atmosphere of the book.
One of the best and most important "This american life"-episodes, and everybody should listen to it at least once
The book in itself is definitely a 5-star book, and the narrator is perfect for it (he even sounds a bit tipsy, which suits this book perfectly), but the quality of the sound is pretty bad, at least it was so for me, which is why I give it 4 stars.
All in all, a good book for those who search for the meaning of life and an even greater book for those who have already found out that life's all about having fun.
(It is pretty hard to pay attention to the beginning of the book, where he presents the characters, but it is sort of essential so you really have to concentrate for the first 15 min.)
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