Admittedly I only saw the movie once years ago, but as I recall it was quite funny. The book, though, gets old quickly as all we see (hear) is a whiny Ivy League graduate who seems to think that the world owes her success as a writer. (We only see any evidence of any talent in that area in the last chapter or two). The Miranda Priestly characters (the evil boss) in the book is simply a cardboard cutout with all the depth that suggests. The character that Meryl Streep played in the book was not so narrowly (shallowly) drawn and, as such, obviously had made a Faustian bargain to gain success. There is little sense of that in the book.
So, unless you're in to whiny, entitled college grads, skip the book and watch the movie. You'll thank me.
I think that most of the positive reviews were, in fact, thinking of the movie.
This is an intelligent, stylish and enjoyable book superbly performed by a very skilled reader. It couldn't have been better.
Well, it was cheap. I guess I now know why it was on sale. It started well enough (for airplane fare), but grew increasingly preposterous. The writing is embarrassingly bad.
This book and everything by the guy should carry a warning label: propaganda by the unhinged Christian radical right wing,
Read something else
No, terrible trash. I guess he's trying to be a Carl Hiassen-type writer, but this guy doesn't have the style or sense of humor.
Anyone. She's a terrible narrator. She shouldn't quit her day job!
The book cost $3.95 and that was much too much.
Okay, so this isn't great literature, but it's okay for a long flight; however, I really wish that they'd drop those truly cheesy sound effects.
A different book and a different narrator — I should note that the narrator was far from the biggest problem with this audio book.
Wouldn't wish this book on anyone!
Luckily, I only spent $4.95 for this book. Had I spent more or used a credit, I would have felt cheated. I probably would not have finished the book, but I was traveling and had finished everything else. I was able to make a game of guessing the next step in the plot. It wasn't hard!
I listened to the whole thing, but that has more to do with the amount of traveling I've been going lately (several trips back and forth across the Pacific) than the book. I think that this book can't figure out what it is trying to be.
I'd write more, but don't want to waste any more time contemplating this book.
First, there is the book. Suddenly Dan Brown's books look tight, well-written and plausible -- by comparison. The language is painful, the leaps in the story incredible. When I though it couldn't get any worse, it did!
Then there is the narrator. I hope this was his first effort. In any case, I'd suggest that he not quit his day job. Of course, with material like this, I don't think anyone could do very well.
As I said in the subject line, this book deserves a negative rating. Save your money and time, give this book a miss.
I listened to this all the way to the end, so it was better than the few that I've abandoned mid-way. That said, the writing is pretty sophomoric and more than a little embarrassing.
Report Inappropriate Content