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Jessica R Harper

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  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name.

    Jessica R Harper says: "Is the performance better than the book?"
    "Is the performance better than the book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of those rare audiobooks where the performance is possibly better than the material. Campbell Scott does a perfect reading, understated and funny to match the prose
    I would definitely recommend the audiobook for the performance, as well as for the fact that i think Joshua Ferris is a sharp and funny writer.


    What other book might you compare To Rise Again at a Decent Hour to and why?

    This is a unique writer who defies comparison. His subject matter is modern like Dave Eggars, but he has a sharp wit and a deep cynicism that make his voice distinct and different from any I've read.


    What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Campbell Scott simply knows how to do it. He's a superb actor who knows that the art of reading an audiobook is very particular. He underplays, and has enough sense to know that really good prose just needs to be delivered simply, with no unnecessary flourish. He also reads dialogue scenes with an expert sense of rhythm and subtlety that is very unusual in this genre.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Drill, baby, drill!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've read in a while that really caught my interest due to eh unique style and gift of the writer and to the expertise of the reader. I recommend it highly, although I believe it may not appeal to all.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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