I'm clearly in the minority here, but this book just didn't do it for me. Not that it didn't have some great aspects, and good moments. But most of my audiobooks get me looking forward to my commute so I can listen. For this one, it was more a matter of getting it over with so I can move on to my next book. Felt longer than 5 hours!
I hadn't heard of Neil Gaiman before I heard an interview with him on NPR. It's possible I was biased by that interview- he spoke with great confidence about how writers should be able to write any style, with the implication that he does, and does so very well. So I went in with very high hopes. (Always a mistake.)
He does do a good job capturing some of the mystery, wonder, magic, and confusion of childhood. And I always like it when authors narrate their own work- you know they're conveying what they meant. But i just never felt myself rooting for the character. It occurs to me only now what the problem might have been- I had heard the radio interview and knew that voice as a confident, internationally recognized writer. Maybe that's why i couldn't connect with it/him as a 7-year-old protagonist?
I may still seek out his other works- he's clearly a very talented writer. Maybe I'll just read the next one, instead of listening to the audiobook.
I don't know that i would say i exactly *enjoyed* this book- I'm not sure it was meant to BE enjoyed. But it was definitely thought provoking, mostly well written (I have high standards for Dave Eggers), and in many ways captured the landscape and atmosphere of Google, I mean, The Circle.
I definitely recommend it- in fact, I have mentioned it to many people in conversation and recommended that they read it, which I don't normally do.
for some reason, this one didn't do it for me. I love Sarah Vowell, love her quirky voice and speaking style, and lefty, atheist ways. I very much enjoyed Partly Cloudy Patriot, but this one I just never really got into. It definitely made history more enjoyable than usual, but not so much that I was looking forward to each listening opportunity, which is what usually happens when I'm really enjoying an audio book. Still, I look forward to her next one.
ok, so it's not a great work of literature... it's fun, and easy, and the plot twists keep you interested. The San Francisco setting was cool for a SF resident.
I didn't like the narrator's voice at first- I like to listen at fast speed and her voice as too shaky to listen to that way. Hearing her do blue-collar male was especially hard. But by the end I warmed up to her, and it felt like she was someone who cared about the characters, telling me the story.
I found the topic and the examples to be mostly quite interesting but having just listened to Freakonomics, I found the latter's analyses more compelling and *definitely* preferred Stephen Dubner's voice. I'm interested to read Blink for content, but a little hesitant for speaking style. Maybe that's one for good ol' print.
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