I like Bill Bryson, but most of this material is too out of date. I gave up listening about half way through.
It would be helpful if Audible included the original date of publication in their descriptions.
I purchased this book based on all of the enthusiastic reviews.
I hung in there all the way to Chapter 32, before finally giving up.
I had listened waiting and hoping for something to happen. Unfortunately, it never got better.
All I got was more of the same boring rambling of a depressed alcoholic, obviously in need of in patient treatment.
Unfortunately, I'll never get back the time wasted on this book.
The book kept me interested up to the end and the narrator was excellent.
A minor point.
I think I might have missed a date reference about the time frame of the story. The main character seemed to spent an inordinate amount of time searching out pay phones, watching flying toasters and waiting for dial up connections. I was surprised to see a copyright date of 2004.
I thought I'd give the book a try, since I had already decided to not see the movie.
I'd rather hear exactly what the author had to say.
This book is very well written by an extraordinarily perceptive individual.
I've listened to and usually enjoyed Robin Cook's books on audio over the years. I figured that this one would follow his usual interesting plot pattern, and besides, George Guidall is always a treat to listen to.
The premise of the story is excellent and I enjoyed the first half of the book.
But then, I think the author started to lose his way.
The main character is reprised from a previous novel. Unfortunately, in spite of experiencing nefarious goings on in the previous story, this character is apparently even more naive in this story.
Unfortunately, the the storyline starts to come apart, the dialogue begins to get silly and eventually everything dissipates into a disappointing ending.
This book takes place in Orange County, CA and since I used to live in Irvine, I enjoyed all of the author's detailed references about the places and people.
I liked the book in spite of a few implausible scenes, but found the end to be disappointing. It was like the author ran out of ideas.
He portrays the protagonists as sharp and capable all the way through the book, but then has them knowingly give up at the end, in spite of being in a position of possibly succeeding.
I normally listen to books only when I'm dog walking or occasionally while driving, so discussions about religion/philosophy usually cause me to give up and shut off my iPod.
This reader, plus a great story, kept my attention from beginning to end.
I purchased this book based on my previous listens of
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