Perhaps this is a book better read than listened to. I couldn't sustain interest and gave up just over halfway through. The book has many detours that seem to go nowhere and that one could skim as a reader. However, the narrator of this book is very slow and deliberate, as if he were reading to first-graders, and after taking a few-day break, I just couldn't bring myself to return to finish.
Reads (listens) like fiction -- which is tragic, since this is a true and heart-breaking story of a wasted life with so much potential. Author does an excellent job of bringing Rob and his community to life through what must have been extensive interviewing and reporting. And the story raises a myriad of questions about how Rob's life could have taken a different course if .... what? Highly recommended.
Listened to the first hour. Gave up. Nothing happened. Zippo. Hard-pressed to understand why Carl Hiaasen recommended this book so highly in the Wall St. Journal. Wish I had some way to give away this purchase.
I'm not even a dog lover and I found this book totally delightful, charming and absorbing. Loved the author's efforts to get into a dog's head and the underlying messages about purpose and fate. After a couple of bombs, great to find a book that was captivating and well read. Highly recommended.
Hate to be suspicious, but have to wonder whether rave reviews were from friends of the author. Narrator was first-rate, but story was practically non-existent. Every now and then, there is a laugh-out-loud line, but the plot is thin and tedious. There is nothing new about the advertising world's silliness, and the protagonist's supposed family drama seemed overdone. I nearly gave up after part 1; wish I had.
...sadly,no plot. Gave up halfway through. Perhaps I would have been better off with the abridged version. I have loved so many of Tom Wolfe's classics, but this book wasn't going anywhere -- at least by the middle of Part 2. Yes, the narrator is terrific, yes, Tom Wolfe writes some brilliant description (love the use of sounds), but a book also has to move forward. This one doesn't. Disappointing.
Couldn't get through this. Gave up halfway through part 1 when there was some sort of book within the book. Maybe an abridged version would have been more tolerable.
I don't think so.
Performance was fine.
Story was intriguing at first, then bogged down after 2+ hours. Bailed out just shy of three hours.
First Stephen King for me. Too long -- could easily have been abridged (had to take a break between parts 2 and 3 to recharge). But second half (especially part 4 of 4) very powerful, and the ending was absolutely haunting. Narration and audio quality surprisingly uneven (sounded like there was a substitute narrator in places!). But overall very glad I stuck it out. Will be a great movie!
Perfect beach read (listen) for anyone connected to finance. Also good for running (plot moves nicely). Thei book might not endure, but it's a well constructed, sophisticated and believable Madoff-type drama. Reminded me a bit of the JC Oates book "We Were the Mulvaneys." I don't often comment on the narration, but the reader of this one was outstanding -- nuanced voices without screaming for attention.
Definitely worth a listen for anyone who is a parent (or considering such). Ms. Chua raises important questions about how hard to push as a parent and the natural conflict between wanting to create a "perfect" child and wanting to have an easy, loving relationship with your child. The book also helps to humanize Ms. Chua a bit -- the Wall Street Journal excerpt focused on all the extremes in the book.
--Last chapter could have used more reflection by Ms. Chua. Would she have done anything differently if she could and why? What else did she learn from her parenting experience?
--Book needed a good editor to delete numerous trite phrases like "sharp as a tack." A Yale law prof can be more thoughtful about word choice (or getting an editor).
--Ms.Chua isn't a professional narrator.
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