Solid debut with a curious and sophisticated take on the traditional chase thriller. Most likeable torturer in history for sure, and a protagonist I would like to learn more about in future books. The storyline was perhaps a bit too single-tracked, but I was entertained the whole way.
Loved every part of this book. From the complex story lines of multiple characters to the action and violence fueled parts. The narration was great too.
Bill Bryson takes you off to a land far far away. And you can easily imagine what it's like there. Love the humor and all the stories and historical facts. Love that Bill Bryson narrated it, couldn't imagine anyone else doing it.
On a few occasions, it did feel like a chore to keep going, but I'm very happy I did.
Pollock explores the dark side of humanity. And he does it well. So matter of fact it hurts. I truly enjoyed this book.
I know, I know. Palahniuk is a great writer and certainly explore some interesting elements of humanity. But I have to admit, it was a bit tedious to get through Choke. Palahniuk's monotone narration, which admittedly set the tone right, made it difficult for me to truly enjoy. The story was interesting but didn't captivate me.
Interestingly, the reason I give it four stars overall is because of the interview with Palahniuk at the end of book. Here, he explains why he wrote the book. His insights gave me validation and added to the overall experience, so I didn't feel I wasted my time.
Recommended for an easy listen while driving. Tina Fey is funny and her narration makes it worthwhile.
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