Very well done. But I can't leave it there. It was also a well built story. You thought something was different from the first, it grew to understanding, developed into a surprisingly tense climax and ended with some satisfaction of sorts.
Futuristic realism. Could it happen? Yes, indeed I'm afraid it could.
What I thought at first was a sort of robotic-like quality to her voice turned out to be quite fitting for the story. Not sure if it was meant to be that way, but it worked well nevertheless
The ending was unexpected until you read the epilogues. In the end I was smiling.
Quirky, funny, juvenile: At times brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny, Ferguson's wit, intelligence, knowledge (such as of events in history) and quirky sense of story-telling kept me listening despite other offensive references that others have spoken of in their reviews.
I learned you had to just "go with the flow" while listening and not try to make logical sense of all the characters and stories-within-stories. This was not a book I rewound in case I missed an important detail. Most things tied together in the end in one odd way or another, but this is much more of a stream-of-consciousness type of book rather than a neatly tied together package.
Too many characters to say and not many of them completely lovable. I did love that Ferguson read it himself. Because he wrote the book, I think it made it easier to follow to hear how he meant for things to sound. Loved hearing it in his natural Scottish accent and he did other accents (American, Irish, to name just two) quite well.
With some caveats, I would recommend this book. I wasn't sure I could keep listening at first because the narration was so oddly dramatic and strangely sophisticated for lack of a better way to describe it, and it grated on me, but as the strength of the story took over the irritation of the narration vanished and seemed somehow to fit the storyline. Another thing that bothered me was that the children in the story never talked like real children would, but I even got to the place where I could overlook that, again because of the compelling storyline.
Odd, disturbing and somewhat haunting, the story was strong enough to keep my rapt attention.
Probably not - at least I'd have to have a good listen first to see if she always narrates with the same tone of voice as she did in this book.
Due to the ending...there must be another book to come.
The performance by David Pittu was exceptional and I will look for his narration again in audio book choices. The story, however, started out tragic, got miserable and ended still pretty depressingly. After wading through a lot of verbose internal dialog on the part of the main character throughout the story, I kept hoping for a strong ending to make it all worthwhile. Unfortunately, it also ended with another long-winded and negative philosophical rant that did nothing to make the book "worth it in the end".
There was truly great prose and the author was good at describing scenes quite vividly. It dealt with a life poorly lived and was very good in that depiction - so good perhaps that I couldn't shake the despair that it left me feeling each time I listened to it. Maybe with a different subject and less 'beating of a dead horse' on certain scenes in the book, I'd enjoy the author more.
The narrator was a genius at changing characters. His range of "voices" and accents was pretty phenomenal.
No. I couldn't live through another one.
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