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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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    John San Francisco, CA, United States 05-15-12
    John San Francisco, CA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspired Writing Ruined By Exasperating Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Dave Eggers and/or Dion Graham?

    I would definitely try another book by Dave Eggers; just not an audiobook if narrated again by Dion Graham.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dave Eggers? Why or why not?

    Dave Egger's writing style is unique and inspired-- he shifts gears, sometimes even mid-sentence, yet keeps your attention.
    I've read some of his other stuff and started reading the first couple chapters of this book years ago before getting sidetracked, I was excited to hear the audiobook version. After this awful narration, I'm going to pull the book off the shelf and actually read it...


    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    His over the top, out of breath style drove me batty. I had to turn it off for a while a few times, because the constant gasping etc. was such a distraction. He ruined it for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The only anger I felt was with the narrator. It was a very sad story, but with the energy and ambition of youth woven into it, there was a lot going on there -- the story could go anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm getting hooked on Audible audiobooks, but this awful performance by Dion Graham, reminded me that sometimes books should just be read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Pacifica, CA, United States 02-15-11
    Claire Pacifica, CA, United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2010

    Picky reader

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    "Okay story, frustrating narrator"

    The writing was creative at times, overblown others. I could appreciate it as a work of art more than a story, playing with the traditional rules of literature. The narrator, though, was *awful;* he ruined the book for me. It took me awhile to realize that the book itself wasn't necessarily written at a feverish cadence, but the way the narrator read the words--like a manic meth head having a psychotic break--made me anxious just to listen to it. Several times I found myself repeating back sentences in a different tone and finding the book much more enjoyable. I would read the hard copy book itself for a book club or something so I could discuss it with friends, but spend your credits on a better listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Howard Dublin OHIO 06-03-10
    B. Howard Dublin OHIO 06-03-10 Member Since 2009

    The Constant Knitter

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    "save a credit"

    If your idea of a good time is listening to death and cancer, then go ahead and spend your credit. Didnt even get through Part 1.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Mount Airy, MD, United States 08-31-13
    Brian Mount Airy, MD, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Whew! Glad that one is over"

    I didn't get much out of this book. Some of the parts were funny, I can relate to the character on many levels: its amazing how the brain can spiral into crazy thoughts. I enjoyed some of the humor, but just didn't enjoy it enough. I'm going to find the person who recommended this to me and...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie anchorage, ak, United States 06-29-12
    connie anchorage, ak, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good on Eggers"
    What did you love best about A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius?

    New to this author, his work was refreshing, funny and crisp. The story took me back to walking through my mother's passing as well. His accurate portrayal was painful, realistic and poignant.


    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    The chronically snappy presentation was annoying after chapter two, by chapter 12 it was terminally frenetic as if every word had an explanation point behind it. I gave up on the book due to the constant pounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd say buy the hardback, skip the audio.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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