This book is iconic and cuts to the core.
The moments of inhuman cruelty. Obvious poetic skill and ease of description of environments.
No but I was impressed by her skill although to be fair most of the story is in the first person so relatively easy compared to other stories. Her voice is well suited to the main character.
I don't think this story is about the characters really, it's more about the situation.
The story reminds me of a story called "Blindness" by José Saramago. Blindness is a more rounded story with points of joy and hope unlike this story which is mostly bleak and overly realistic.
I skipped the last section as it was too academic to be interesting, more like an extended footnote.
I agree with everything Walden has to teach and enjoyed the narration (other reviewers did not). If you ever want to know how dull another person's mind is, literally stepping inside for the full journey, then this could be for you. The prose is refined in parts, but hard going which may be the reward in its self for listening.
I will listen again at a later date, but at this point 5 hrs in I'm stuck.
Compare eating ice cream to cutting chunks of flesh out of your leg, then call it new and exciting (which might be true momentarily). The memory will stay with me long after the event.
I liked the name, etc. Things happen, but tension is never built satisfactorily to equate to drama. It mostly feels like student work exploring writing styles. I think it's interesting on a technical level, but doubt it was ever written as it was presented. It could have been good, but this missed the mark and got really lucky to become famous via the film.
The narrators did a first rate job but I found myself waiting for it to end much like a David Lynch film without the weirdness to tie it together. Comparable to 'The Fountain Head' in length and dramatic bowel problems.
The best line I think was - a crocodile of children.
I bought this title because I wanted to increase my amateur writing skill and overall understanding of story writing. Generally having a negative impression of academic writing after graduating university, I was relieved to find real ideas with situations that supported them but did not burden the overall flow of things. It took me a while, but I realized the author wants the reader to listen more than once as many of his topics relate to this very concept. So listen twice.
You know that feeling when watching a tv show where the actors are the producers and things just feel right. Well, this is the same. In more ways than one does the very sound of the narration sell the whole experience. Maybe sell isn't the right word.
I was guided smoothly through the expertly crafted waters of this without boredom or drudgery. To me it wasn't funny rather tipsy.
Negative comments in this review column are people that will never get this kind of art, so if you are not curious to hear about the life of a legitimately interesting person, go back to Dan Brown and stay the f away from me.
Nazi Germany was entertaining, it was exciting and it was shocking. Now we get to do it all again, but with an even more evil villain. The narration of this book is top notch and takes it beyond just good.
There are moments of peace and then things that mirror life so closely that it speaks volumes for the research and thought the writer has injected into what could have just been horrible.
If you're tired of zombie survival stuff, then this is a welcome partner for people who like real survivalist fiction.
This is a work of audio art. I don't agree that it's that funny but maybe that is because it mirrors my own life and I can just enjoy the moments on a personal level. That is not to say that the moments are not great and worth the listen. Bill Bryson fans will not like this book.
(why can't I give 4.5?)
Every one of these stories could be an above average movie. The last story and the title of the book is in my opinion, the weakest of all. The narrator feels like he is hammering out the words, which is a shame as it borders on lovecraft genius.
It's messed in the head and a good listen. If it was shorter and more refined like the main character I think this would be a far better book.
Serious but fun how is that possible? What is behind the curtain? Perhaps someone should write a precursor story to this.
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