National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2009
Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.
©2004 the heirs of Roberto Bolaño; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This winner of the 2008 National Book Critics' Circle Award for Fiction is the master work from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers" (James Wood, New York Times Book Review)
"...think of David Lynch, Marcel Duchamp (both explicitly invoked here) and the Bob Dylan of Highway 61 Revisited, all at the peak of their lucid yet hallucinatory powers." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
"It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
I could probably listen to John Lee read a menu. I read the reviews, it seems, it is either love it or hate it book and I love long books. I read or listen to almost anything, so I took a chance. Wish I hadn't wasted a credit.
This book is not for the masses! It is boring, unless of course you like books about obscure academics involved in obscure academic research (German Literature) and their coffee house conversations with like minded characters. Throw in a plethora of untranslated romance language phrases and you have something fit only for academic snobs. I could only stand about 4-5 hours of this. My worst selection ever.
If I purchased this on the Kindle, I'd be able to return it. I tried to like the book and the reader and tried three times, without success. What a horrible dribble not going anywhere. I'm an avid reader and listener and have never before rated anything 1 star. This book should be given -5 stars. There are good 1 star reviews of this book on Amazon, which capture my feelings about this book to a "t". Definitively don't buy.
No, absolutely not.
It compounded the effects of the book. The narrator indulged himself in laboriously reading the many strange names in the book, one after another and seemed to enjoy the names more than the content. Also, while he may have pronounced the Spanish and Portugese names as intended I found the English and German names difficult and non-recognizable respectively.
Horror over the hubbub of a book that is not a book. Incomprehension why anybody would rate this book more than 1 star, read it, publish it or record it. A true waste of time and life.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
what a rambling of strung togethar sentances. Sort of funny but not my cup of tea. Its nonsensicle.
There are really 5 separate books. The relationships between each are tenuous at best. I found myself looking for the threads rather than enjoying the story.
Would not recommend
Sentient Being, Planet Earth
I kept waiting for a cohesion, a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. The audio reading was quite good and the expectation palpable yet in the end, in the long end, disappointment.
The narrators, yes
Performance was excellent
Endless details about inconsequential characters
Very well written and researched. The plot is hard to follow.
I had been excited about listening to 2666 since it had received much acclaim, some of it from literary reviewers I respect. My problem with this audiobook was not with the readers, all of whom in the four parts I listened to were capable; rather it was with the novel itself. The violence is pervasive and graphic, and yes, gratuitous. Although I made it through over half of 2666, I deleted this audiobook from my mp3 player tonight.
I am used to 20+ hour books but this is even worse than Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Pure agony forcing myself to finish it. I hate to waste money but this one is made to be deleted! Achem Baldi is now a cuss word.
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