I was attracted to this title by the name Ken Kesey, recalling his prior work, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. It proved to be a disappointment.
I found it very difficult to keep track of which character was narrating at any given time. The narrative went on and on and on. I was wishing for the end by the second of four parts. The ending itself was quite unsatisfying, definitely not worth the significant investment in time.
The listening time was the major disappointment with this book. There was very little listening for the money spent.
Yes. I, an aging white man, found it to be really funny yet full of serious and insightful information into interpersonal relations. It is a very positive and constructive guide to getting along with your fellow man.
The performance is outstanding. Only the author could have delivered it this well.
I've never read anything else like it (but I'd like to...).
I would suggest that he pick a subject and stick with it. The atheism arguments are interesting, as are many of the personal anecdotes, but they just seem to be thrown together and shaken up. It's clear he didn't have enough material for the book he started to write and fluffed it up with personal stories. Don't get me wrong. If you like Penn's humor this book will probably work for you.
This starts out promisingly with a view of the world from a modern day witch. There are glimpses of creatures (vampires, witches, and demons) living openly among humans, and interesting tidbits about magic and the varying characteristics of the creatures. The story line which is started is effectively abandoned in favor of a syrupy romance between a witch and a vampire. It is as if the author realizes she can't paint the rest of the picture she started and tries to cover her tracks with dime's worth of romance. The closing leaves dozens of loose ends and is completely unsatisfying.
On the positive side, the book was expertly narrated, leaving me with the feeling that I was in the presence of the main character much of the time.
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