This is one of my favorite audio books in a long time. The narration (done by several different people) was fantastic, the story and writing drew me in the entire time. The prose is at the same time rich and beautiful, but also simple and easy to follow.
I was very pleased with this follow up to oryx and crake, which set a high standard. Everything about the audio book was good. My least favorite part were the "songs" which are little clips of songs that are integrated with the story-- they went on a bit too long. But that is such a small, easily ignored part of the whole audio book. Great narration.
I found the plot very boring, and the writing nothing special. I only made it through most of the first half, and those 5-6 hrs were spent describing one female character and the series of loser boyfriends she had while at Brown university studying literature. The ONLY action was her parents visiting and eating bagels with her in a café on graduation day, and a party at which she sleeps with a classmate.
I guess this is one of those books that is mainly about describing characters and a time/place (the hipster literary/philosophy scene at Brown in the 80s is vaguely interesting), which some people might like. But the main character and writing style are not interesting enough in my opinion to support this type of drawn-out character study, and the plot really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere-- or if it is, it’s at a snail’s pace.
I read the Virgin Suicides many years ago and enjoyed it, but either my tastes in literature have changed or his writing has. It just felt very basic and elemental with nothing impressive.
The narrator is good-- not the best I’ve heard but certainly listenable.
It was entertaining and well-written with some interesting plot twists. Much lighter and less meaty than others I have read (Choke, Fight Club, Survivor) and I liked all those more but I tend to prefer dark, twisted books (especially from someone like Palahniuk who is a master of that style). I wasn't bored and the writing and narration were pretty good, so I enjoyed it despite a ridiculous premise.
I really enjoyed the narrator, whose dry style seemed well-suited to Ellis's writing style. I loved the very unique, interesting, witty plot which blended reality and fantasy quite seamlessly. I also loved the semi-autobiographical element which tricks the reader at first before launching into the rest of the plot, but also keeps threading back through the entire book in clever ways. I love Ellis's writing.
Well, it starts out interesting enough, but gradually loses steam until it becomes so sagged down… I made it about nine hours through (more than halfway) before giving up. I think the narrator is very good, but the book just is wayyy too slow-paced and rambling, taking forever to make any point while we take a lazy tour through the muddy philosophies and slightly tormented mind of a New York artist. It is often repetitive, stating the same exact thing more than once. I liked Basketball Diaries and Jim Carroll was a talented person, the concept of this book has potential, but needs a good editor to pare down to about half the length.
Great narration and story. It was a little hard to remember which character was which and not get the names mixed up because there were a lot of characters introduced all at once, but it worked. The only bummer for me is that I didn't realize it is the abridged version. I would definitely rather read the unabridged.
Very nice narration and a fascinating story! Well-written and captivating, the hours listening flew by.
I enjoyed it a lot, a good one overall. Did not like this as much as the two other Palahniuk books I have read, Choke (read actual paper book) or Survivor (stunning audio book with fantastic narrator), I just wasn't AS impressed but I still love his style and oddball subjects. I think the narrator was just okay, kind of blah rendition and not really exciting, or maybe his voice/style just didn't fully match the character for me. But not bad narration, either.
Enjoyed it very much. Like all his writing, it was excellent, and the narration by Alexie was a special treat. Just wish it were longer.
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