Overall this book is very enjoyable. Not only is the story interesting, but Chaon offers up a series of scenarios that ask the question, sometimes a little heavy handed, of the true meaning of 'self.' Who are we? Are we really more than a name and a SSN? If people forget us, are we still alive?
One of the drawbacks of this book is that it takes a while to pull you in. The characters are not very lovable or interesting for the first 1/2 of the story, but once they truly begin to develop, you do start to care about them and are holding your breath to hear what happens next.
Be careful reading other reviews about this book...I did and some made comments about aspects of the story that I would have rather not known about. Just a friendly heads up.
This book really opened my eyes to how the online world has affected so much of the way I think, act and live. While interesting, there is a lot of human history covered into this book that at times is cumbersome to listen to. He goes into a good deal of scientific things also when talking about the brain processes that I didn't really hold on to, but the message is clear.
This book was extremely enjoyable to listen to. Both narrators did a great job creating the persona of Jacob. Although the main plot line is a love story, the better aspect of the story was a look into how quickly life passes us by and what is important. I downloaded based on reviews that I have read that said it wasn't too sappy and that while it was a love story, it wasn't like a 'chick flick'...which is true.
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