Some of the excerpts were interesting and some I found to be just dull so I skipped them. I've read several of his complete books and liked them, but the geology books (an excerpt is included here) is boring.
Maybe I shouldn't have ordered this book because I don't care much for domestic dramas but the art aspect appealed to me. The parts of the book about art were in fact very good.
I'm not a reader who necessarily has to like the characters in a book, but these characters were simply annoying. The narrator is extremely egocentric and the other characters are not much better. Also, on approximately every other page someone is apologizing about something.
Lots of humor and interesting story. It may not be suitable for people who get bored by technical stuff
I have listened to several Gaiman books and have enjoyed them all. This one tried to be funny and is not and all in all is kind of dull.
There are 3 novellas here. The story is great in all three. However, the first 2 are narrated by the same person who does a great job, while the last one is narrated by a different narrator who makes BD sound like a simpleton. Couldn't finish the third one.
The narration was among the best that I have heard. The story is of the Southern Gothic variety. Not everybody like this genre, but if you do, this one is a real standout.
First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day
I liked the courtroom scenes but the domestic scenes were nothing special at all. Typical parent teenage interactions that are kind of dull. Cutting out about a third would have improved the pace. If you want to read (or listen) to a similar book that is more to my liking, check out Presumed Innocent.
The New Yorker just keeps getting worse from week to week. The articles are now of three types: Fluff that would be better off in People magazine, boring examinations of subjects that are of little to interest to anyone outside of Manhattan and politically slanted pieces that are intended to make a point. In addition the narrator often makes mistakes which he then corrects and the editors can't be bothered to remove the mistake. Bye, no more subscription for me.
I find that Boyd's books are especially suitable for listening because he writes the books like someone sitting down and telling you a story. I would have given it 5 stars but I think that he ended it a little abruptly and left some things hanging
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