I had read this book years ago and loved it. When the author died recently I thought I would love to experience the book again. For me listening to this book is an excersize in frustration. The characters names are so similar that I cannot keep them apart and this is ruining the experience. With a book I can underline, check back easily and even keep crib notes but not in audio. For me audio books have limitations and this is one of them.
He is much too aggressive in his voice. It feels like I am being yelled at during the reading. He also is pretty consistant in this voice and so there is no break from his heightened voice.
I do not recommend this audiobook.
I'm not finished this book yet but what is getting me through is the narrator Sean Pratt. I am learning that the narrator makes or beaks audiobooks. Infinite Jest is a challenging read/listen and this narrator is making this experience happen for me.
I thought this book was very well written. I nice use of descriptive words without being too wordsmith intensive.
Charles who is the writer and narrator has a really nice deep voice but he was unemotional and drone like in his reading. There were some parts however which were very well done and these happened to be when he was voicing someone other than narration. I can see the narrator had real potential that sadly wasn't realized.
I have said this over and over here…the narration makes or breaks the audiobook. This one needed better direction maybe.
The monotone of Sarah Vowell is draining and really takes away from the abiltiy to engage and follow the story.
Usually I find authors do the best job of reading their books but not this time.
Pass on this one.
Yes very engaging. I good read indeed.
First I thought one character was good then I hated him then liked her then was scared of her… wow.
I really liked the opening. The writing is great and really chilling. Set the tone very, very well.
I love the other Jon Ronson books and I just couldn't make the narration work on this one. Really awful and so sad because why didn't they just have Jon Ronson read it??
I will try new Jon Ronson books if he narrates.
I've said it before. The narration makes or breaks an audiobook. This is a looser.
A romp through crazy town with a great host. Also learned some things.
Jon Krakauer without the yuks. They like the same subjects.
I loved the descriptions of bohemian grove and the men urinating on trees!
His books are great and I am going to read all of them at some point. I love that he is the narrator. Self narrations really adds allot in my opinion. Good narration can make or break an audiobook in my opinion.
I had higher expectations for this book and so I am disappointed. I don't find her writing has anything with wit or punch. I also found the material to be dated.
Nora Ephron not a favorite of mine as I now know from trying this audiobook. I gave up about half way through.
Narration was fine. I found the content lacking.
I won't be bothering with Nora Ephron again.
No. No. A male narrator should not imitate female voices. I thought I was listening to Austin Powers coming up with new characters.
Written a much better story. What a waste. I have enjoyed his other books.
Too many to even get into. This story was off the rails pretty soon.
BAD BAD BAd
I didn't realize this was a kid novel. I have read his other books and liked them. This one is not for me.
If you are a kid..yes.
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