Hodgman's dry wit, keen intellect, weird sensibility, and hilarious timing are all on display in this stellar adaptation of his almanac for the new millennium. This is not simply a reading of his book (although it is mostly that), but a brilliant audio adaptation that takes full advantage of its departure from the printed page. Jonathan Coulton is a delightful addition to the festivities. You will laugh till tears stream down your cheeks.
I'm working my way through Gaiman's works, and, so far, this is his most mature, complex, and utterly riveting novel of the bunch. Fascinatingly rich with ideas and mythology, with a strong hero surrounded by a cast of brilliantly rendered characters. "Filler"? Not on your life. Every word is crafted with intention. Every side road leads back to the main one. I found the narrator a little annoying at first after the delicious performance of "Anansi Boys". But he grows on you, and turns out to be just right, with great pacing and sensitivity to the writing. I highly recommend this one!
There are passages in this book that rival the writing of any author I've ever read: The description of the assembly line in the Ford factory. Desdemona's experience of the black neighborhood where she finds work. And so many, many more. Eugenides is simply brilliant. This is a giant, sprawling (yet personal and intimate) look into the minds of a fascinating panoply of vividly delineated characters. You will not be disappointed.
David Allen's voice on this one has an annoying business drone. (He's much better in his other recordings, especially his podcasts.) It's so bad, it's turned off a few friends I've recommended this to. But the content is spectacular. Because it's abridged, consider this dipping a toe in the water of GTD. The core ideas are all here, but it's the tip of an amazing iceberg. Well worth the listen.
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