(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.
The writing is hypnotic like PK Dick on a good day. I like the Quirks. Dave has been criticised as being unmemorable, this was my first experience of his writing and months after I can clearly remember some of the stories. Perhaps he is more suited to short stories...but I'm going to check out his longer works anyway.
The horses are cool.
I found many of the stories to be words for the sake of words.
I read this book in parallel to How we are hungry by Dave Eggers.
The fore mentioned book won heads down for me.
Like being stuck in the head of an idiot. No I won't write anymore. Absolutely not.
A well executed idea. It felt a little bit too linear and I would have liked some side stories. Definitely changed the way I think about honey. Great narrator.
I feel it lacks drama. Some of the insights are deep and moving but towards the end it lost me. I'll try again in a few years but for now it's off to new things. Great narration.
I found these stories to be refreshingly brutal. Perhaps it's a misconception that such stories should have a happy ending. Sad sad endings are far more satisfying and meaningful. Read it to your children by all means, they will thank you.
The Author / Narrator sounds to me like an over enthusiastic school boy. His voice is not going to sit well with all listeners. Let me say, I got used to it, but never really enjoyed the sound.
The words on the other hand, are worth every minute of your time. Truly radical, but so incredibly simple it has the mark of a classic. This was not written, it was pulled into existence.
My only gripe was the last chapter where a numerical list of notes is read seemingly without any reference. Things like this need to be considered and translated better into an audio book format.
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.
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