Jonathan Safron Foer paints the reader into a landscape of sharing the horrors experienced and unspeakable grief shared by the characters woven together in this story.
Oskar's journey of finding truth ties the recent loss of his father with the tragedy of his grandparents' lifelong journey of denying their own truths related to their shared losses experienced as teenagers.
It is captivating!
If you enjoy droning, monotonous, preachy political diatribes, this is the book for you.
Where was the editor and where was the red pen?
There aren't many books I would care to listen to again, but long before it was over - I knew I'd want to hear it again.
The stories of the characters are unraveled and re-woven with subtle twists that allow you to be come a secret witness to events and inside participant to the story!
The narrator's voice was perfect pairing to the author's tone of understated humor & intelligence in the story telling.
Kudos to Tilly! I will miss her the most.
After listening to Rain Gods, I was looking forward to hearing more about Hackberry Holland. This one was disappointing. It was disjointed, rambling and I never got a hint of the plot. I wish I'd passed on this one.
This was a fun and quirky twist on the classic story. It was a fun one to listen to!
The story line was ok and I would have probably enjoyed the book more - except for the narrator. I stuck it out but just couldn't keep focused on the storyline. I think I might have enjoyed this one more if I read it, instead of trying to listen to it.
The normally diabolical Dexter was replaced by a drab dad re-evaluating his life style and life choices, trying to change his ways... Bah. BRING BACK THE SOCIOPATH! He's supposed to be the kind of bad guy we can still feel an affinity toward! At least Brian didn't disappoint.
The author's narration was good, there were a few quirky funny lines, but overall this Dexter was a Dud...
After the initial reviews, I was looking forward to it; but it didn't live up to the hoo haa. The early part of the book and all the character development was lost as the plot lurched forward to the second part of the story.
The subsequent storylines were poorly woven and skipped around so much - I found myself thinking I must have zoned out and missed something, only to back track and realize it wasn't ME... the story just irratically moved forward to a new tangent.
There was a scene where one of the characters is watching a movie and mentions the people in the movie are just pretending to be a part of the story... that's how this book felt too. The characters were flat and lifeless.
With all that said, I enjoyed Sarah's narrations and would have like to hear more of her part of the story.
The ending was BLAH. I'm only glad I got it as a "special offer" through Audible; I would have been pained if I had wasted 2 credits on this book.
It moved along and held my interest but never lit a spark. The ending fell flat.
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