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Gerald

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  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Dean says: "A deeply enjoyable man vs world story"
    "Willie Loman for the 21st Century"
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    Where does A Hologram for the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book holds no surprises; you can see exactly where the characters are going. You cringe for the principal character as he mismanages every situation, but had he been brilliant, the mission would still have failed. Its outcome foreordained. It is an advance look at our own self portrait. The willful tossing aside of the shredded social contract(s) that used to cushiion our lives, and the hinted at future that awaits us behind the next "free trade act".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The three Chinese vans parked outside the Vendors tent. Precious. Arrogance vs preparation.


    If you could take any character from A Hologram for the King out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Saudi doctor. She was the only person in the book that displayed any humanity. Also, very sexy.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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