I was disappointed in this - de Botton's points about the non-theological comforts of religion were somewhat interesting, but it got bogged down in endless reporting on his specific experiences 'trying on' various religions.
I don't know the last time I doubled over laughing while listening to a book. The main character is an utterly despicable anti-hero who just stumbles from one hilarious, self-inflicted disaster to another. I noticed there are a lot of negative reviews, and I was trying to figure out why. If you are easily bored by physics, or not familiar with the academic/scientific/tech world, it may not be for you. That's the only thing I can think of, because I really thought it was one of the best things I've read/heard this year.
As other reviewers have noted, it's a very silly story; but it's also very entertaining.
I was turned off by Virginia Woolf when I was young - maybe she was pressed on me too insistently as a 'woman writer,' definitely I was turned off by some essays I had to read as an undergrad and which I found to be disturbingly elitist. But I had heard from several people that Mrs Dalloway was quite good, and they were right. I really had no idea that Woolf was this brilliant. And Bening absolutely nails the narration. I may not have enjoyed this when I was young, but now I certainly did, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone.
I really tried to get into this, and the story was interesting, but the writing was so drawn-out and repetitive I just couldn't keep with it. I'd spend an entire 40-minute subway ride listening to essentially the same 5 minute conversation be rehashed in different ways . . . I just gave up.
This is really enjoyable, and Hockensmith seems to really know the era - I didn't notice any anachronisms, which has grated occasionally in some similar works. Just a whole lot of fun.
I really, really enjoyed this. I've thought about it quite a bit after, about how we all "unsee" things so much in our daily life. Mieville is probably not for everyone and it requires a fair amount of attention when listening, although not as much as some of his other books.
This was a very funny story, although I suspect if you are not a New Yorker familiar with corporate/legal workplaces and the absurdity of last year's 'it' bars, it might not be as funny. Hodgman was a great narrator, better than I expected - you forget it's Hodgman, it's just a very solid and funny narration. Great subway listening.
I think that this was the first of these books to be written, and as such, is really a mash up of the original and some zombie violence. I've read the original many times and enjoyed this, but enjoyed the "prequel" Dawn of the Dreadfuls volume more (also available on audible) - that was more cohesive and, I think, written by someone more knowledgeable about Austen. That said, this is a pretty fun subway listen. Narrator is outstanding.
I really hate leaving negative reviews, but I have just given up on this audiobook after listening for an hour. I have been wanting to read the Alexandria Quartet for years, without ever finding the time, but I just can't listen to this narrator, especially the character voices. It may be a matter of taste. Please listen to a sample before you buy and see if you can take it. Audible.com - please see if you can get a version by another narrator!
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