©2003 T. Coraghessan Boyle; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
"Boyle understands the multitudinous, sneaky ways innocence insulates itself from ambiguity, but in this novel he leavens that cynical insight with genuine sweetness. While the Day-Glo of the hippie era has long since faded, this novel brings it all back home, and helps us see how much in the American grain it all really was." (Publishers Weekly
"Boyle captures the drop-out-and-get-back-to-the-land spirit of the era, as well as the chill and isolation of the Alaska winter, with a clarity that has earned him a reputation as one of our best writers. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"An accomplished, versatile storyteller and discerning social observer, Boyle writes with enthralling momentum and seductive detail." (Booklist)
"Boyle may be the most entertaining writer in America." (Boston Globe)
"One of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." (The New York Times)
Warmth and Comfort seeker
overall, it was well spent; however, there were some long and tedious parts to this story, which were probably representative of the times.
This was my first.
He read very well for all the different characters even though some were better than others.
It felt more worth it after discussing it with my book group and hearing added dimensions of the experience with people from a similar age group.
People who were under 50 felt it was boring and a waste of time. I'm over 60, so i could relate to the experiences expressed in the book.
I love, love, love TC Boyle. I find his books captivating and his sense of sly humor brilliant! But this narrator was just awful. I'm sorry, but this guy was baaaaad. His delivery is monotonous and flat, indicating none of the wit and insight that Boyle's book offers....God, I couldn't stand it anymore! I had to stop listening because this guy's voice made me want to scream. I will probably just buy the book and read it. It might be that Boyle is just one of those author's whose books just don't translate well as an audiobook. Whatever. I hope they keep trying to find a narrator to suit this author, though, because Richard Poe is NOT the right guy for the job. This was a waste of money, I'm afraid.
I expected a great book on a turning point in history from this author, who was also an excellent NY Times reporter. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The book is overwritten - there is entirely too much description, trite and overwrought metaphors, particularly in cases where what he is describing isn't interesting enough to warrant more detail. And technically, the chapters were out of sequence: the narrator might say, "Chapter 10," when what shows on the iTunes display is "Chapter 4." Very confusing and exhausting to listen to.
An interesting story that did a good job with portraying the spirit of the time while developing the characters. Great narration.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I really enjoyed the narator, and the story. I liked the characters and was quickly drawn intot he story. I have always thought that if I had ben born in the 60's I might have been living on a hippy commune like Drop City, though I'm not so sure about roughing it in the Alaskan wilderness. I was a little disappointed in how it ended. It was such an engaging story until the end and then just ended at an awkward point I thought. Other than that I really liked the story and cared about the characters.
This is the best T.C. Boyle on Audible. How can you beat a story about a 1970s commune and some trappers in Alaska?
For the listener who likes realistic fiction, I strongly recommend it.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I'm old enough to recall the 70s, and apparently Boyle is old enough to recall all of its clichés. Not only did few of the 'alternative people' talk like this, most were too narcotically numbed to think like this. Few spoke in song lyrics or slick-magazine-babble phrases. If you're you're born after 1980 and after a trip to the time, hunt elsewhere. If you want Lord of the Flies in Drop-Out drag… well, this ain't it kid. Better yet, just read "Flies" and skip this altogether. Zzzzzzzzzzz…..
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.