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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius | [Dave Eggers]

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.
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Publisher's Summary

Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

©2000 David K. Eggers (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Not just for the MTV-fan age group, this is a very entertaining, well-written book.” (Booklist)

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    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 07-18-14
    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Explosive chaos with humor and tenderness"
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    This book has wide appeal, I have no doubt. It is written in the rapid fire language of the modern sensibilities with both humor and insight. One thing that might be noteworthy is the building of tension through this superb narration: I had to read it in smaller chunks rather than listen for long periods of time, otherwise, the chaos tended to be overwhelming. It has a great sense of voice for the current generation, and a good feel for confusion that is fueled by youthful optimism, only the best kind. I'd listen to it again, though…. later, after I rest my brain a bit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Douglasville, GA, United States 07-13-13
    Jack Douglasville, GA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Beanstalk, USA

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    "Ready For Ritalin"
    What made the experience of listening to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius the most enjoyable?

    Youth and beauty conquer age and cunning.


    What other book might you compare A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to and why?

    Fortress Of Solitude meets Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time the two brothers "got" each other.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Persistent yet patient.


    Any additional comments?

    Characters could be more believable?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Jackson, MS, United States 11-22-13
    Nate Jackson, MS, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bridge Between Stream of Consciousness & PoMo Lit"

    You can't write a book like this without JD Salinger. You also can't get the genius of George Saunders without this work. So as a bridge connecting Tenth of December to The Catcher in the Rye, I am very grateful for its existence. As for its own merit, it was honest and rambly and self-pitying and desperate and depressing and irritating -- with what ended up to be very little heart. Or at least it didn't translate into heart for me. Being disgruntled with life and the lemon-throwing machine it can be only transcends it if the characters can overcome and grow from how they handle the challenges.

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    phillip 03-14-15
    phillip 03-14-15
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    "Overall Awesome"

    Reader is animated and fun, he makes the entire book exciting, I couldn't take my headphones off!

    Book is deep, funny, and wildly entertaining

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Almeida Pompano Beach, FL 01-09-15
    Daniel Almeida Pompano Beach, FL 01-09-15
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    "Very interesting book"

    The way D. Eggers tell his story is very interesting and detailed. He goes back and forth, always between telling what's happening and describing who he is with or how he feels. The narrator is incredible. Fantastic performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 05-20-10
    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 05-20-10
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    "Breathless, nonstop chatter"

    This book was tough to listen to. While I can appreciate the "staggering genius" it took to write it, I also found the subject matter depressing and the constant tangents and stream-of-consciousness tiring, especially in audiobook format. The narrator does a great (if sometimes overly enthusiastic) job of reading, but the constant jumping from one idea or moment to the next made me often lose focus and have to rewind. That being said, it was an interesting read, and had some beautiful, touching moments.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    C hounslow, KS, United States 10-25-10
    C hounslow, KS, United States 10-25-10
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    "<shrug>"

    I have to disagree with everyone who slagged off the reader - i thought he did a great job. Unfortunately I wasn't very interested in the book itself, no matter who was reading it. Funnily enough, I loved the preface (which is at the end...) but the rest of it I could take or leave. Not awful but not great either.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enough Already."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenagers, maybe young adults.


    What could Dave Eggers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stayed focused. Made Christophers' experience more believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel badly that this is a true story, heartbreaking is right. But I just don't believe the interplay between brothers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter WOODSTOCK, NY, United States 05-17-11
    Peter WOODSTOCK, NY, United States 05-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Logorrhea"

    Most of the reviewers who focus on the reader's skillful, or annoying, dramatized delivery; or on the supposedly depressing nature of the author's parents' untimely illness and death, seem to be missing the point. I think the reader actually did a fairly serviceable job of rendering a text that suffers from interminable logorrhea (compulsive verbalizing), as if the author assumes we should all be fascinated by endless minutiae of often minor value or significance. It's presumably a comic memoir, but I laughed out loud exactly once (at the reference to "Toph's Law"). The most promising set-piece, an extended audition interview for MTV's "Real Life" show, turns out to be a cleverly invented stratagem for conflating stories about the family's life in Lake Forest. But so many of the stories elsewhere wander off into irrelevance or sheer desperation. You have to admire Eggers's stamina in unspooling the endless details and contortions, and the occasional actually heartbreaking moments; but you end up wishing this were a print book and you could scan ahead to get to something of real interest. I love his extreme self-deprecating (one is tempted to say self-defecating) humor, and the occasional glistening gem of a description. But in the end I felt like I got to know very little about Toph himself. And I kept feeling like a passenger on a long train ride, trapped next to someone whom you soon realize is just speed-rapping you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Eaton 04-22-12
    Lisa Eaton 04-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish I had just read it."
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    I believe this book needs to be read instead of heard, at least if Dion Graham is the reader. Ugh. It was awful. I found myself so distracted by his over dramatizing of the emotions that I couldn't enjoy the book at all. Sad, because I like Dave Eggers.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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