This isn't a handbook on atheism. It's Penn telling stories and running his mouth about his wack-job beliefs. So basically, it's Penn at his best. If you're expecting a thoughtful argument on the non-existence of the supernatural you'll get some of that but that's not really what this book is about (or at least not all of it.) It's a fun listen and yes, I even cried a little (during his story about Sister.) I enjoy Penn and all of his nut-ball ideas, even the ones I disagree with. But keep in mind while reading this review that this is coming from a guy who hates hippies, hates yuppies and loves punk-rock. The ideas in this book are VERY punk-rock. Anti-extablishment, anti-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-sociatal norms. "punks not dead" -The Exploited.
I love this book. It's witty, fun and interesting. I first read it shortly after it was first published and recently downloaded it when it was on sale. The narration choice to make the Animals all sound like prepubescent boys was a bit jarring. It was like listening to a story about the Goonies. Jody sounds like a mature, sensual woman while Tommy sounds like a 12 year old with a sniffle problem. I wasn't able to buy in to them being hopelessly in love in spite of their "differences". Still a great book and the narration didn't absolutely ruin it but it did make it difficult to really get in to.
I love Bronson Pinchot. I buy audio books strictly based on him being the narrator. In this case though, parts of the story are cartoony and distracting. Vocal inflections for Carl in particular are silly.
Beyond that, it's a great story. I like Larry Correia a lot and am working my way through his library. This one is a little different stylistically than his others but I assume that's Mike Kupari's influence. It's not a bad thing, just different.
Overall this is a decent book but could have been better with less cartoony characters.
This is the third Tom Robbins book I downloaded. I was quite enjoying his stories and LOVED "Fierce Invalids..." but toward the end of this book he lost me by calling the hard-working people who shop at Walmart "scuzballs." Of course, his opinion is his and I have no problem with that but having come from a family of low to low-middle income people, Walmart has been a lifesaver for my family's budgets. Calling the blue-collar folks who shop there to save a bit of their hard earned money "scuzballs" is a step farther than I'm willing to follow him. Too bad, I was looking forward to listening more.
So long Tom!
I really enjoyed this story. The narration I didn't like. Katniss is portrayed in tone as a simpering idiot with the most annoying whine imaginable.
But the story carried me through.
I quite enjoyed the continuation from the first book to this one. There were some nice twists and the story built to a great close making me look forward to the third and final book.
The performance on the other hand was very annoying. Listening to this audiobook made me think that everyone in that universe is whiny and dumb. If you can get past the poor performance, the story is worth listening to.
The third book in the hunger games trilogy was a seriously lacking for me. The story became convoluted and I found myself struggling through to the end just so I could finish it.
To be fair to the story though, the narration began to grate on me so bad that I found myself hating most of the characters. Katniss sounds like a simpering, selfish, idiotic girl who spends most of her time whining like a 3 year old but again, I think this is because of the narration and not because of the story.
While I didn't love Rock Paper Tiger, I did find mildly entertaining. Mildly because I found myself having to rewind a lot because I wasn't engaged enough in the story to keep my mind from wondering. Such are the perils of the audiobook I suppose.
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