Sedro-Woolley, WA, United States | Member Since 2002
I liked the book. I thought it drew a very funny caricature of modern life, and what it might look like if taken to ridiculous extremes. It was easy to immerse myself into the story. The theme was clever, and colorful. I really appreciate the authors take on modern culture.
The narrator was perfect for the fast-moving story line.
It's pretty bad. I listened to the first two hours, and I'm not sure how I got that far. It's sophomoric humor mixed with life the way a 14 year old boy might imagine it. It's just horrible.
The characters, are just a little worse than the plot.
I don't know who to blame for this bad production. I think the director more than the voice talent.
I need to pay attention to who's reviews I give any weight to. Clearly I don't identify with the people who recommend this book.
I thought there was a button to return a bad book and get my credit back. I'm looking for it.
It held my attention for two weeks.
it seemed the author had done his research. The details had the ring of authenticity.
The characters were easily recognizable from the voices he used.
No. It is too long to listen to in one setting. It was a page-turner, if that is the question.
Shantaram is a story about a fugitive from Australia who finds a home in Bombay, India. He becomes part of the criminal underworld, and has myriad adventures. The novel is not biographical, though it reads as such. It is loosely based on, and drawn from, the authors real life experiences. The author is a heroin addict who escaped from prison in Australia, and lived as a fugitive in Bombay.
I loved this book. It's a very long, detailed page-turner. The characters are realistic enough to like. The events are larger than life, but with enough truth in them all that it never shook me out of my immersion in the narrative. The story is both outrageously adventurous, and plausible.
Yes. It's premise is unusual
It's a modern day Catcher in the Rye, though perhaps not so insightful. The voice of the young protagonist seemed to be echoing Holden Caulfield at times. It had some predictability to it, and a Pollyanna ending, but it was plenty entertaining. I did care what happened to the main characters.
The plot seemed to meander. It seemed like the story was going to be interested, but it ended up like a Hollywood B-movie.
The plot didn't develop into anything new or different.
I didn't feel a connection to any of them.
The last two-thirds of the book.
It started out promising, but like many modern novels, the author seems to be writing with the hope of a movie deal, and creating a new action hero for a series of bad, but successful Hollywood action films.
Perhaps, but I doubt it.
I thought the narrator was excellent. He certainly enunciates clearly.
The Punic wars are an interesting period.
I have a fondness for historically accurate fiction, and particularly, well researched historically accurate fiction. This book seemed to be trying to give us a picture of Hannibal, and Carthaginians as sub-Saharan Africans. It's not accurate, and the author seemed to go out of his way to try to indicate that it is. If it were an occasional inference, it wouldn't matter, but after a while, it became evident that he was trying to make it an issue. I thought the narrative suffered from it.
I didn't like this book as much as "My Name Is Red" or "Snow." I found it to be tedious and too deep into the minutia. I suppose telling a story about and obsessed man has to have it to a degree, so you get and idea of what an obsessed mind is like, but it was really difficult to hang in there for the end. I suppose that I did is indicative of my enjoyment of the story, but being a bit obsessive myself, I couldn't leave it unfinished.
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