Like several other reviews, I laugh myself sick with David Sedaris stories. However, this collection of stories just weren't that funny.
I've read all the John Corey books. I loved the character when first introduced in "Plum Island". After reading "The Lion" I was done with the character. However, 3 years later decided to give it an chance. This book was very long. The John Corey character tries too hard too often to be funny. Going off on tangents then recovering with "Anyway,..", "In any case, ...", etc. Plus we hear over and over "I'm going to kill the Panther", "Yemen sucks", etc. If you eliminate all this filler the book could have been at least 50% smaller. Scott Brick did a good job as usual.
As long as it isn't another John Corey book. Of course, the ending of this book makes it plain there is another John Corey book on the way.
Learned something about Yemen and the drones.
Everything after his trip to CA.
I've listened to many audio books. This is the 2nd worse (that honor belongs to "The Quickie" by
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge). In almost all books you can relate to the protagonist even though you may not entirely agree with them. In this case, I never could related to the protagonist. He's suppose to be a brillant doctor and other than the protagonist in "The Quickie" he's probably the dumbest. Near the end of the book he states he's a doctor who considers all the evidence before making a decision--that's a lie, he does the opposite of the facts for the entire book. He has an obession that is impossible to understand. It has to do with his nephew which he didn't have a close or good relationship with. This obession extends to his brother and his sister-in-law that he never had a close connection. I personally felt no empathy for the nephew, brother or sister-in-law. I hardly ever give up on a book. In this case, at the half-way point I decided to give it up. However, I was listening to the book in the car and decided to download a new book when I got home. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mystery that hooked me. Once that resolved itself I should have quit but at this point my see-it-to-the-end kicked in. But that was a mistake. The story became very predictable and it just kept dragging on. It seems like the epilogue is setting up a sequel.
I enjoy stories of different cultures. This book captures at the village level changes that have occurred in China over the past 50 years. The biggest disappointment is the story of the brothers. Neither brother was an appealing character. One is basically a jerk and the other is an idiot. Like another reviewer I was about to give up when the beginning of the book beats the toilet scene to death. The main reason I continued to read the book is that I'd burn the 27 CD's for a road trip. If I'd been at home listening on my iPod I'd given up.
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