Not a favorite, but I remained interested throughout. I doubt I will continue with the series.
I had heard reviews and stories about this book that tweaked my interest, but was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. First, I love Jon Ronson's voice. His delivery reminds me of Ricky Gervais, and his writing is frequently just as funny. But his method of reporting the story he has uncovered obviously involves extensive research as well as his perception of the comic aspects of the story. This book explained the amazing increase in the diagnosis of childhood disorders that I observed in my own work over the last 40 years and made me even happier to be retired. I look forward to listening to another of his books.
I don't usually enjoy books about terrorism with plots involving ethnic factors. But these issues were side issues in this book, with the actual story involving petty criminals looking for a big score and an officer moving one foot in front of the other trying to survive a shattering loss. I would have given the story a 3 1/2 if I could have - 3 is too low. I loved the story until the end, when the book just seemed to stop. But I look forward to reading another by this author.
This is a book that stays with you. Days after I finished it, I'm still processing the lessons learned.
Very creepy story that kept me interested during the first 2/3 of the book. Like others have suggested, I think the story could have been much better with editing. Loved her first book, but this one was a disappointment. Maybe less research that needs to be shared next time?
I didn't like the narrator's rendition of Carson's voice - always so angry, he became irritating. Enjoyed all the rest - story and narration. I like Frieda very much so I will check out the next in the series.
I loved the narration as well as the story. Although the story is gruesome as can be expected, the characterizations of all concerned are so well done, she makes me care very much about all of them. With twists and turns til the end, I had a hard time taking a break!
I loved the movie and decided to read the book, thinking that someone obviously knew a lot about these mental disorders so I was curious about what else the book would reveal. The movie followed most of the book very closely, but the unbelievable Hollywood ending was concocted for the movie. Therefore I found the book much more believable and satisfying. They didn't need the unreal ending - the book had a fine one. I loved it.
I wanted to like the book, and was interested in learning about the NY art scene. But although I listened to more than half, finally gave up. I did not care about any of the characters or the art, and found the narrator (who sounds very similar to Martin) to be equally boring.
This would be a great book to listen to on familiy vacations. I did not expect to enjoy with the age of the narrator and the very childish sounding performer. But it won me over and I expect to listen to more in the series. Very funny at times and touching at others.
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