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not my sort of story; nothing but awful, negative people, leaves you feeling icky.
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I loved Alex. I really enjoyed the accents of the narrators, such pleasing voices to listen to. As a mother my heart went out to the boy, I felt an instinctual need to protect him.
I also really enjoyed the dialog that came from Rowen. The perfectly-formed grammatically complicated sentences that no young boy could ever utter by himself were performed very well by the narrators and of course, written very well by the author.
No. I don't sit still for very long, I'm a mover!
While the overall premise/subject was quite sad, I have to say I LOVED the ending. Can't say anything else without spoiling so that is all I'll say!
I normally don't read or listen to books like this - it's been on the bestseller list for a while now so I thought I'd give it a try. Reminded me of a Jodi Picoult-style story but I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish it. In order to make a 4 or 5 star rating the characters have to have some depth and not be cliche; I've read Judy Blume books that were more interesting than this book.
Yes. Won't make this mistake again.
Don't waste your money or time!
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I love Dave Eggers stream of consciousness writing…and Dion Graham narrates Eggers' novels so perfectly….nails it! The story makes you think about the permanent nature of the internet, the transparency of social media, and the future. What if Google swallowed up Facebook, merged with Apple and acquired Twitter? Then took over the world ;)
He also narrated Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and so many times I'd be listening and I'd laugh out loud..prompting my husband to look at me quizzically ;) Graham's voice so perfectly embodies Eggers writing - they seem to be one in the same inside my head!
May was memorable as the main character... in the sense that she was so incredibly spineless…sad to see a character who is so easily manipulated. I kept thinking "in this next chapter she is going to have an independent thought"….
I'm sure the purpose/intent of the novel is satirical in a way….a dark comedy where Eggers shows what could happen if we don't get a grip on this internet/information overload thing. To be honest, I just love the style of Eggers' writing…I'm a fan no matter what he writes about - and the same goes for Graham's narration. Whatever they do together - I'm in!
If you enjoy stories involving shallow, ice-cold sociopathic characters, then this is the book for you. Me? I have better things to do with my time. Dont get me wrong, I love a good thriller or mystery...but the sociopathic mind of the main character was too over the top for me. I've enjoyed reading crime novels in the past but this one rubbed me the wrong way because there was absolutely no closure or justice, if you will.
I've been way into Hemingway recently; next up is "In our Time".
Well, I didnt like the tone of the female narrator but that wasn't her fault...it was the character I didnt like. They did a good job of reading the book, were easy to follow.
Too many treasure hunts and letters to read/listen to; too many diary entries.
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