My kids were looking forward to this book, but we gave up when they simply couldn't understand what was being said.
The story drew me in, in a sick sort of way, like gawking at an accident.
"The kid" is a sad sack, who never really got a fair chance in life, but you can't help rooting for him and hoping he'll get a break. The narration over all was excellent.
I couldn't stop listening, carried along by curiosity and the beautiful descriptions of characters and settings, but my heart ached for them all.
The tale starts out almost believable, but slowly devolves into a series of vignettes of weird caricatures, and (unfortunately) "the professor" and his story become convoluted beyond recognition. I'm not sure if I exactly recommend this book, but it is certainly a memorable experience and well-crafted in many, but not all, respects.
This clever yarn dives into the subculture of computer-obscessed programmers (and other lives affected by them), and is beautifully narrated by the author. The colorful characters are all larger than life, but the author can't seem to untangle the elegant web he weaves, and cops-out with weak ending that just doesn't match.
This wonderful glimpse of life in Alaska is ruined by the author's unbearably dull narration. I gave up before finishing it.
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