What's fun about this book at the many sly comments about life in contemporary New York's creative/professional class. It's very frank about sex and has some truly funny and quirky-but-real situations. I found it slow to get going, and even considered not finishing it as I wondered if I cared at all about any of the characters. Ultimately I only ended up caring about the main character, Holly, who developed nicely as the book went along.
Some plot developments were predictable. But I enjoyed the wit and the scenes of New York life. Though Holly seems to think she needs a man and family to be happy, yet she's already a cheery and positive person with a good career and a healthy outlook on life. This ended up being good listen that got me happily through several gym workouts!
Narrator's voice is heavy, slow, unappealing.
Disppointed; didn't care about the main character and not intrigued by the set-up
This read is engrossing and original. When the earth slows its spinning, the unexpected effects on human life become almost a character in the story. The premise is very imaginative and well-described.
The point of view of the young girl is exquisite and satisfying. I recommend this listen if you can suspend disbelief as you might do to enjoy science fiction. The characters are beautifully detailed and believable. The writing is terrific. My only small gripe: I don't understand the title, though -- it didn't seem to fit or relate to the story. Highly recommended for something readable and different.
The only problem with any of her books is that they don't go on forever. Please, keep writing, Sarah!
The only problem with any of books in the the 44 Scotland Series is that they end.
You know there's trouble coming, but I was surprised each time by the way it came -- with unexpected twists and an array of cleanly, sympathetically drawn people, each singular and original. I especially loved the title character.
Loved the title character! I've enjoyed Mark Childress books ever since Crazy in Alabama kept me up all night several summers ago. Highly recommended.
This is a great story from a knowledgeable, insightful writer. Much more interesting than the description as it takes off on unexpected riffs about sustainable architecture, upper-class private schooling, internet fraud, the Microsoft culture, Seattle's foibles, and of course love and family. The two main female characters, mother and daughter, are unlike any I've encountered in fiction, ever. I can hardly take it out of my ears.
Plus, the narrator is so lively and expressive. She adds enormously to the enjoyment. I would listen to another book read by her just to hear her again.
I like McInerney so much that I sometimes pick up some long-ago read novels and just start reading for the pleasure of being with the characters and places again. But, after more than an hour I can't get interested in the protagonist, or his friends, or his girlfriend or their presumably looming conflicts.
It could be that the narrator's slowness and his louche cynicism is a big part of the problem. I might enjoy this more in print. THANK YOU Audible, for your return policy!
I'm halfway through and . . .in a sort of audio equivalent of "I can't put it down!" well, "I can't take it out of my ears!" Usually I listen to novels while working out or on long drives, but this one has me plugging in even on the shortest of trips. Tonight I even walked into my house and started making dinner with the earplugs in . . . a first!
Vivid, sympathetic, authoritative writing, quite amazing in its detail of another time and place. The themes of altruism, yearning, revenge, duty and, of course, love reverberate. The characters are intriguing and often unpredictable.
Great work, Anita Amirrezvani!
This book made me keep working out longer and longer! Fascinating story with a compellingly 'ordinary' character who doesn't give up trying to understand and master his own life history. Highly recommended.
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