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A Hologram for the King | [Dave Eggers]

A Hologram for the King

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.
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Publisher's Summary

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds.

This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here.

©2012 Dave Eggers (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Maya A. 08-05-14
    Maya A. 08-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A reflective story written simply and elegantly"

    Eggers delivers once again. Not as funny as his previous works. This story shows an older, more mature side of Eggers, provoking great questions and ideas. A really lovely piece of work. The main character still occasionally haunts my thoughts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 08-06-12
    Jeremy 08-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Quite a bizarre tale of monotonous triviality."

    What are we working for?
    What are we achieving?
    Is it all for naught?

    Likely.

    Relationships matter. Little else does.

    Everything else is just a hologram. Here one minute, so real as if you can reach out and touch it. Just another of life's near misses the next minute.

    Love Eggars. Not my favorite of his works though.

    I think I get it, just wasn't that into it.

    Grippingly mundane.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Matoaka Harpers Ferry, WV USA 11-17-12
    Matoaka Harpers Ferry, WV USA 11-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Story for a Middle-Aged Man"

    I love Dave Eggars, but this book disappointed me. The main character is a sad, unfeeling middle-aged guy, who seems to relate to people inwardly but can't make connections. His work is essentially empty and meaningless, his personal and financial life is in a shambles, and he seems to fail at just about everything. So he finds himself, appropriately enough, in the middle of a desert, where nothing really ever happens. He gets momentarily exhilarated by things like strong liquor and guns, and has brief sensations of being alive when he looks at the sea or a woman's breasts, but it never goes anywhere from there. His only real lifeline seems to be to his daughter, whom he has let down. So all in all, the book is a downer. The narrator is very good, although he reads almost every sentence with the same inflection.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BONNIE 11-23-14
    BONNIE 11-23-14
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    "A waste of time"

    The good reviews made me persevere, but nothing ever happened, the characters were not believable, and the narration was irritatingly portentous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 11-02-12
    Betty 11-02-12
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    "Huge disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It could have had a story, plot and other essentials of writing fiction


    What was most disappointing about Dave Eggers’s story?

    Overall, a terrible write


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too histrionic about nothing


    What character would you cut from A Hologram for the King?

    Basically there were only 2 characters


    Any additional comments?

    It won the rating on my huge list to "absolute bottom".
    Save your money

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elinor MILWAUKIE, OR, United States 03-20-14
    Elinor MILWAUKIE, OR, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Read it. Depressing listen"

    Nothing happens to this depressed, pitiful main character. The book has a point about our current world, but listening to it is like watching proverbial paint dry. "Zeitoun" by the same author was a wonderful book to listen to, so when my friend recommended this book after reading it, I was eagerly looking forward to it. I could barely finish it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kim brookline, MA, United States 01-14-14
    kim brookline, MA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to be read to!

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    "worst narration ever"
    What disappointed you about A Hologram for the King?

    No. No. A male narrator should not imitate female voices. I thought I was listening to Austin Powers coming up with new characters.


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

    Written a much better story. What a waste. I have enjoyed his other books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dion Graham’s performances?

    God no.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hologram for the King?

    Too many to even get into. This story was off the rails pretty soon.


    Any additional comments?

    BAD BAD BAd

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Kehoe Merida, Mexico 05-10-13
    Marianne Kehoe Merida, Mexico 05-10-13 Member Since 2003

    SunriseDoc

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    "Disappointing and Plodding"

    I enjoyed Zeitoun and was anxious to have Eggars describe Saudi Arabia. However, I never developed any empathy for Alan or his team of three. His liaison with his doctor was contrived. The narrator's breathy voice had little variation. Who got the contract? - no surprise here either. But I didn't care.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Galisteo, NM, United States 03-04-13
    barbara Galisteo, NM, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not Dave's best"
    Would you listen to A Hologram for the King again? Why?

    Probably. It was somewhat informative and entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Saudi Arabian setting was interesting. The main character...I can't even remember his name, was not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cannot remember a particular one to choose. I listened to it a few weeks ago.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed some of Dave Eggers other novels but this one fell short of my expectations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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