The premise of the book--time out of whack, living day for night and night for day, and "Circadia"--really stuck with me. I liked the narrator, and the narration, but sometimes wished I could hear another (more mature) perspective.
I have always loved Martin Short...and share his fascination with old-time showbiz. Hearing him do his own characters, as well as imitate those who pop up in the book, is a real treat. Lots of fun.
I did not know when I listened that the book was somewhat based on the poet Robert Lowell and the writer Flannery O'Connor...but it also diverged quite a bit from their lives (O'Connor was certainly not a Philadelphian). I found the story-told-in-letters technique engaging and the story went in ways that I didn't expect. Very enjoyable.
Not an easy book to read, due to what she endured both before and after her kidnapping. I came away admiring her very much. Hope that she is doing well.
I didn't know when I listened to this that the characters were based on Margaret Mead, one of her husbands, and a colleague. I'm glad, because I could imagine them without models. Really enjoyed the depiction of Papua New Guinea long ago and the anthropologists' life. Very enjoyable.
Really amazing how this kid was raised and the dearth of emotional ties with his family. He must have had talent; he got a lot of work. Great mimic of Michael Jackson and others in his life.
A very minimalist family drama; the characters are very ordinary. No emotional progress is made until the very end. I didn't find it worth the wait.
I know most people would be disgusted by this story--and so am I, of course (cough)--but I found it fascinating for a particular reason. I was a huge fan of "The Story of My Life" by Jay McInerney in the 1990s, which we found out later (as the John Edwards story broke) was based on Rielle Hunter in her 20s. What's amazing is how (apparently) true that novel was to her character, and to top it off, the narrator absolutely nails it. About 60% of the book is a mundane listing of the hotels they stayed at, the restaurants they ate at, and what they ate....but I also thoroughly enjoyed all that. Not for everyone, but for those of us with a sick fascination for people who can rationalize and justify just about any behavior...it's a guilty pleasure.
I really enjoyed the characters, who are completely unlikable people but very enjoyable in their interplay. Wonderful plot that kept unfolding. Miss it now that I'm done!
As soon as I listed to the sample I knew I had to download this. The narrator is stunningly talented and the book is gripping. Highly recommend.
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