After doing a little research to find a book a little more intellectually challenging for my 12 year old son I settled on The Hunger Games. I wanted to read the book with him, but he lives 200 miles away with his mother, so I dropped the credit here on Audible and listened on my commute to work. The book is obviously geared towards a younger crowd than this 43 year old, but let me tell you....I couldn't get enough! I really looked forward to my hour long commute so that I could find out what happened next. Highly recommend. And my son? He had already finished and was 3/4 of the way through the sequel Catching Fire before I finished The Hunger Games! We will definetely be discussing all three books in the series.
I can't remember how this book showed up on my radar, but I'm glad it did. This epic 19.5 hour book flew by. I tend to shy away from anything over 12 hours, but gave this one a go based on reviews. Usually about 8 to 10 hours into a book I get antsy and start thinking about what I'm going to listen to next. Not so here. I'm 5 hours into my next book and still thinking about this book. Highly recommend.
After listening to Snow Crash I thought I was ready for some more Stephenson. Boy was I wrong.
This book had me wanting to claw my eardrums out. I only finished it so that I could write a review with a clear conscience. I fully sympathize with those who could not push through like Bobby Shaftoe through an enemy line.
There are brief entertaining moments, corns in the turd if you will. Particularly the WWII segments involving Goto Dengo. But these are followed by mind numbingly boring overly descriptive droning about things normal humans don't care about.
Long sections of this book are like sitting in The Dentist's chair having your molars removed while attorneys stand around explaining to you in legal jargon how The Dentist is suing you for breach of contract because your teeth didn't pop out as easily as expected.
I suspect that I am simply not smart enough to "get" this tome. Too many characters to keep up with in two different time lines. Too much obscure math that I don't understand, and don't want or need to understand, and I'm an electrical designer.
I have Anathem sitting on a bookshelf at home, staring at me, mocking me. It just may end up in a used book store.
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