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Rebecca

I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

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  • The Book of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    After losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he sees a clip from a lost film by the silent comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to study the works of this mysterious figure who vanished from sight in 1929.

    Gene says: "Hmmm...."
    "A book men will love, ladies..."
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    I'm not familiar with Paul Auster or his other works, but when I asked my boyfriend to recommend a book, this is what he told me to read. I can see why it would appeal to him. I knew a few pages in this particular book would appeal to a man more than a woman, but as a person who loves almost all genres, I gave it a try.

    The story is depressing but we listeners know this from the start - anything that starts with what this guy has gone through will have a somber tone. For that matter, the reader was spot on for this tone, but the recording sounded a bit off (maybe aged?).

    Personally it didn't really appeal to me but the story was intriguing so I stuck through to the end. Ladies, you may want to really think before getting this one. Guys, you may just like it. Silent movie fans, you will LOVE it.

    If I were a man I might have given it 4 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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