Being a national best seller is nothing to sneeze at, and winning a Man Booker prize is a fairly substantial feat. With both these things in mind I purchased "The Sea". After the purchase, I still am of the opinion that the book has very noteworthy accomplishments, particularly so considering the fact that this book is really just so BAD. I could never find the motivation to care about what the main character experienced, expressed, or suffered; my only concern was that remaining in the company of this intolerable piece of work was causing more suffering on MY part. As far as the audio experience, let me estalish that anyone using this website knows the value of the audio media. "The Sea", then, stands as an excellent example it's failure. (Can I get an "OMG"?) I appreciate the attempt at colloquialisms and accents on the part of the narrator, but I heard enough "pitrs" and "figrs" to call a speech therapist. My advise is to pass this one by. Ignore the fancy packaging. You can't judge this book by its cover.
As you listen to this book you can't help but start to feel that you know this main character like a friend and when the book ends you feel as if you've lost one. I couldn't stop listening and rooting for him the entire time. You'll grieve when it's over.
I did not like this book. If you want something that will haunt you because it's gross, then read it.
Jon spares no one, least of all himself. The stories are all refreshingly funny and had me laughing alone in my kitchen.
I read this book before seeing the movie, and I am so glad that I did because the two are really nothing like each other. The book delves deeper into the clinical relationship between Patrick and his psychiatrist, as well as his relationships with his family and friends. Really, all relationships in the book had more layers, which became a more two dimensional in the movie. If you already saw the movie, you won't be bored by the book, which even has a different ending.
When I began reading this book, I was transported to another place, which is what happened with the previous Daniel Woodrell novel I'd read. The location of this book is hot and stifling and miserable. The characters are flawed and interesting. The main character in particularly consistent in this way, which drives the plot. He is also the narrator of the story so you become carried away with his circumstances right along with him. Very quickly there I was, all ready to sit on a back porch in 90 degree heat with dirty jeans and my shirt off my back, trying to figure out my fate while bumming off a beer from somebody, when it did occur to me that I am actually a woman in very cool climate who has no back porch and does not drink beer and must keep her shirt on. Such is the magic of this novel.
Yes, I enjoyed the book, and I plan to continue the series.
Absolutely anyone else, thank you.
Oh, my. Anytime any character was read with an American accent, they sounded instead as if they had a mental disability, their words were spoken with such flat tone and slowed speech. I believe the man put marbles in his mouth in order to attempt the accent. I may try to get a job as a book reader myself if they are handing them out so readily.
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