This book was difficult to stick with. The plot was thin at best and never really takes an interesting turn. It was predictable and flat, with characters that are not engaging. I found myself not caring what happened one way or another. I think I finished it out of sheer stubbornness...
The narration on this is pretty good, and I liked the premise of the story. I felt like the story fell a bit flat, but it was OK. Not my highest recommendation here, but it's worth a listen if the idea intrigues you.
Narration is pretty good, but the plot was predictable and a bit trite. It doesn't expect much of you, and as long as you're not looking for something exceptional, it's a decent listen.
With DeLillo's usual expertise, this story is an excellent slant on the grieving process. I felt that I wanted to listen to it again as soon as it had ended, afraid that I had missed so much of the important details. This is definitely one that bears repeating and I would highly recommend it. It is not one to be casually listened to in the background, however. It required concentration. I found myself rewinding whenever I got to engrossed in traffic while I drove...but well worth the effort!
While the subject matter was very intriguing to me, I found myself disappointed in the first half of the book. I repeatedly had to convince myself to stick with it. The entire first half is an involved family history, which doesn't really add anything to the matter that is perportedly under discussion: the narrator's gender identity. While I understand that the idea is to explain the background and origination of the genetic deviation, the fact is rapidly lost in a not-so-interesting discourse of 2 generations prior to the one in question. The second half that actually deals with the narrator's life is interesting, but fails to really make up for the lost time in the first half of the novel.
While this story remains fairly interesting because of the bizarre chain of events claimed by the author, the characters feel 2-Dimensional and I found myself rapidly losing sympathy. It is worth listening to, (be aware that descriptions are often graphic, but not gratuitously so) but not one I would enthusiastically recommend.
While the subject matter has certainly been addressed and re-addressed, the fresh voice of the narrator makes the story feel new. The characters are engrossing and at no point do you feel ready to jump ship...this reading keeps you involved from beginning to end.
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