Listening to this book is like listening to someone read a comic book. Flat, superficial, predictable, and basically not very interesting.
Not worth it for me. The moralizing became more intense as the book progressed. I wasn't interested in the "message."
I do not understand why the producers of this book believe that frequent interludes of music add anything. I suppose they believe that the words can't carry the story well enough, and so must insert guitars, dramatic scores, Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, unfortunately, the narrator has a way of reading in a very condescending manner, as if he were reading to children. He likes to drop the volume of his voice to emphasize passages, invariably requiring me to back up and increase the volume. It really detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
No, it's too long. And the author spends too much time navel-gazing when it's really not necessary. The story should carry and deliver the key concepts without the redundancy of the author picking so much lint out of his nave.
fabulous narration, tremendous character portrayal, huge range of voice.
If you like a soundtrack with your audible book, then you'll love this one. I guess the publisher felt that the author's words couldn't convey emotion well enough -- so they inserted overwhelming piano, strings, guitar in so many places in the book that I was convinced the story MUST be emotional. I couldn't count on the words, since the music took over. And the narrator was over the top.
What's wrong with a well-read novel, leaving the chamber music for another cd?
If you're a teenager, you may like this one. It was just too much like an arcade game for me. I stopped listening before the half way mark. Admittedly, for a grumpy old guy like me, it was too shallow. I hoped for more depth, less cartoon.
Imaginative, realistic, even the romance for an old f**t like me was just fine. Nice completion, it made my commutes in the car go by TOO fast! Excellent narration.
I was willing to go along with the author all the way through the first volume, and half way through the second of the three audible volumes, but that's when I put this book on ice. Not interesting enough, too repetitive, and after the novelty of the main character ran its course (well, actually it repeated the same course indefinitely), it flattened out like a pancake.
If you like quacking ducks with your audible book, you'll love this one. It seems the producers found it impossible not to embellish the spoken word with extraneous LOUD sounds not just in the introduction, but spaced throughout.
I gave up on the book, consigned it to the dust bin.
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