besides reading the book well, and not over-doing the characters which some narrators do, i loved his accent. makes the action adventure story that much better.
like watching the bourne identity or mission impossible but with five of them and they get it on with each other instead of some lame girl. well written, fast-paced, exciting, fun, suspenseful and hot. i don't know what else i could wish for (besides that someone would write a bad-ass lesbian equivalent!)
note: this appears to be the third in the "Fathom's Five" series, i didn't realize that when i got it but i didn't feel like i missed much.
the author writes about life just before the beginning of the AIDS epidemic before people thought of casual sex as deadly. i know the history but for some reason it didn't strike me so much until reading this series. maybe because it's set in chicago, in the neighborhoods where i spend the most time. but anyway these stories are mostly fun, sexy mysteries with a serious back drop.
did i already say this? i loved reading a book set in chicago that never once mentions downtown or, god forbid, navy pier. in fact, they are set back when navy pier was just an old pier and not a tourist circus.
it was nice and long but didn't feel that way, fun plot that felt real even though it was historical and supernatural. characters were really endearing.
i keep wishing for books that have both men and women in them, i find the single focus of m/m or f/f on one gender kind of boring, as if we don't have other people around us. smart, sarcastic, gun-toting christine was a fun addition - she doesn't tolerate moping and angst which as a reader i also hate.
the production value on the narration is not great. it took me a while to get used to the narrator who at first i thought would never have an inflection. but after 20 minutes i found his reading really peaceful and fitting for the main character. now i hope he narrates the next book.
the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.
sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.
a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.
true, as others have said, it is not a scholarly work. what the author does is question the definitions we use for mental illness and how those definitions function in society. he does not come to any simple conclusions, or any conclusions really, but it does not feel unfinished. the issues he raises just aren't easily answered. to approach this (huge) topic in a more formal way could have been boring and a bit tedious. this on the other hand was a funny and interesting journey.
i really enjoyed the narration, jon ronson's timing and emphasis made the story really entertaining.
i was thoroughly amused throughout by the juxtaposition of hard core military types with the sweet relationship and their daily acts of building a life together. one minute they're debating kitchen paint and the next they're at target practice. i've listened to this book at least three times and i still chuckle to myself each time.
m/m romance novels. i imagine people might be disappointed if they were hoping for cover to cover fiery sex scenes. to me this was much more reflective of the actual experience of being in love, where mundane domesticity can be very romantic. also, unlike a lot of books in that genre, there was no unnecessary angst or drama which makes me want to shoot myself (or stop listening).
it's true, they do spend some time discussing home decor. i actually love this about the book - hearing about a gorgeous giant bathtub is akin to porn for the likes of me.
some of the writing was repetitive, could've used a bit more editing. there was a somewhat overdone ocean metaphor. that said, now that the book is over i miss the characters! i really enjoyed getting to know them. solid romance novel, with a touch more complexity in plot and characters than some others in the genre.
given all the reviews, i kept waiting for something funny to happen. i waited through the whole book. i was mildly amused at times, but it seemed kind of realistic and not so over the top that it would be funny. i felt like the main character was a spoiled brat whining about a crappy first year out of college job, and not much of a hero. lots of people are overworked and under-appreciated, welcome to your liberal arts degree.
when i first started listening i thought it was going to be awful, way too over the top. then after five minutes i was chuckling to myself and i didn't stop for the rest of the book. so silly, a little predictable but satisfying and totally entertaining. the author's narration was fabulous (so to speak).
this book was such a kick. now i keep wanting to use the word "queer" in it's original meaning just to amuse myself. the narration was great, except that once in a while she made the butchier characters sound all high pitched and squealy which just didn't seem right.
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