What a rant! Barry used to be really funny. Maybe he still is, but not in this book. Getting through the fist hour of this diatribe was painful, literally. He used to write absurdly on subjects he knew nothing about, and could be very amusing. but definitely NOT this time. Oh well, some times your the windshield and sometimes the .......
Never played on line but did with live ref. With that as the backdrop, the is story is fun and easy. The characters are amusing and the narrator is droll.
If you don't know what a MOG is, you may miss the point of this plot.
I enjoyed hearing it.
I don't want to loose your attention so I'll keep this as short as I can.
READ THIS BOOK! Even better, LISTEN CLOSELY to this book.
I was transported! Transfixed! I was there. It was like reading used to be, a place to go to explore, relive, imagine and experience life in another form.
This is more allegory than fiction. It's so much more than just it's characters, and there are deeper plots than one might assume on first pass.
It's definitely NOT a fairy tale... don't be fooled by the names. These are full blown, knowable people. Folks I'd so very much like to get to know even better.
Even the supporting roles are full of life and bring truths to the fore in subtle and subliminal ways. Thanks in part to the fabulous narrator.
That being said, I can't begin to praise highly enough how well G. Guidall brought this novel to life for me. His intonations, voice characterizations, and deep understanding of these folk, gave even more significance to each person. He made them move in my mind seamlessly. I had to force myself to stop listening - I wanted to loose myself here. I doled out his melodious voice as I would a rare wine or finest chocolate.
I truly believe this book raised my seratonin level.
This is the ONLY book I can't wait to read again. In fact, I bought the hard copy so I could read it again myself.
I don't care for young adult fiction any more. There's nothing wrong with the story or narrator, I just didn't find anything interesting in either characters or plot.
it would be really nice if any one of these stories, some of which actually started out with some sort of interesting premise actually fininshed...... I checked- it's not my device. The stories just kind of end, trail off , never actually finishing. Too bad. Gives audible a really black eye in MY book.
The stories are great but listening to this guy read is like nails on a blackboard. Ruined the experience for me. I wish I'd just bought a hard copy and read it in bed. Instead I listen to it while walking my dogs. Even that distraction is not enough to get past the terrible voice inflections. It's like every sentence is a question. I can not abide that. But the stories themselves are quite entertaining... very O'Henry-esk.
I used to love reading Tom Robbins. I so enjoy how he uses words, not just the context, but the flow and sound of words. I like words. But in this edition, the flow takes you down a very long, meandering, sorely spoiled waterway, on it's way to, where? exactly?
Characters that could have been fascinating, or at least amusing , are merely tiresome. The ebb and flow of language takes over where plot would better suit, and the narrative becomes about the words themselves instead of the thought they were meant to convey.
If you like to hear the droning of your own voice, you're in for a treat here! Even the philosophical overtones Robbins is expressing are lost in the mists of this verbiage.
And I so used to like his work. Maybe the judicious application of the drug induced state of mind so adamantly advocated here would help keep this tomb afloat.
You get sucked in and stay sucked. The characters are more real in this novel then in some of his others. This Is CHILD. Jack at his most intense, unemotional. realistic best. If you've been there, this novel will really put you back there. If you haven't, you won't want to go. But You still understand.
That's a great author. And an even greater character.
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