I really wanted to like this story, and as another reviewer says, the only redeeming element is the author's narration. Steve Martin is a comedic genious; however, the longer I listened, the more I began to realize there would be no "pay-off" at the end of nearly 5 hours. I bought this as a break from my usual mystery/thrillers. Oh well. It's not the worst audible book I've purchased, but extremely far from the best.
My partner and I listen to this on every road trip we take. We missed seeing him live recently and are kicking ourselves. John Pinnette is a riot!
"Utopia" - abridged - was a fun listen during the summer while working in my yard. So its somewhat fluffy, it is still better than any recent James Patterson work. However, I'm annoyed to see there is now an unabridged version available on audible with 14 additonal hours - I tend to go unabridged, but the story sounded good and there being no other option at the time... Eric Stolz did a fine job narrating; however, there is a different narrator for the unabridged and I'm half tempted to get the unabridged version to see how different the stories are.
While I must admit that I liked Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby" more, I was really drawn into this story - especially by Martha Plimpton's wonderful narration. I simply had to know what the heck was at the root of all the chaos. When all was revealed, I was fairly satisfied. Chuck Palahniuk is clearly one of the most creative (if not twisted) minds of my generation and I look forward to his next novel with great anticipation.
The best conspiracy book I have read!
Very thought provoking.
Will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat for hours.
I like Alex Cross. I loved the earlier stories, but after Roses are Red, I swore I would never, ever read another James Patterson book. It's an addiction. I read Violets are Blue, a slight redemption, but I was still borderline. Beach House was adequate, and the new series, 1st to Die and 2nd Chance were an interesting change. Four Blind Mice is a good book, ill-timed storyline, but such is life. I find myself looking forward to some more enjoyable quick reads/listens from Patterson (what is it, every six months?)....
Wow! This book was fantastic! His tips for surviving toxic families are right on the mark! Mr. Anderson, if you are reading this, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...
Having recently listened to and thoroughly enjoyed The Talisman (Unabridged), Dreamcatcher (Unabridged), and Everything's Eventual (Unabridged), I was really excited for this Audible book. I've always thought Bruce Davison is a great actor (and he is) but, after an hour of his droning (and after starting the book over six times), I've given up! I'm fairly tenacious, but I've relegated this to the archives for the next time I'm bedridden and without any form of entertainment...
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