Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.
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Great character development!
I fell in love with the Protagonist!
I forgot I was listening to a book....
The F-ed up family fabulous
'Geek Love' is a rare piece of fiction, one that lives up to its highest praise and proves wrong its detractors. Of all the novels and stories I have read that are included in the growing cannon of "transgressive fiction", 'Geek Love' is both the greatest of those works, and the one that is most truly transgressive. It is a novel that explores what it means to be a freak. What is a freak? Who makes somebody a freak? How does a person become a freak? What is the life of a freak like? Do freaks love? Why are so-called normal people both repelled and grotesquely attracted to freaks? Katherine Dunn explores all of these questions and more with a refreshing candor and a remarkable amount of compassion.
Aside from being a powerful exploration of freakdom, the novel is also the chronicle of a family that is, in their own highly unorthodox way, as all-American as any other. As I listened, I experienced both the thrill of their rise and the pain of their disturbing disintegration.
Where Christina Moore, the narrator of this title, is concerned: I do not think I have ever heard a more lively or enthralling performance of an audiobook. Christina Moore brings each character to life through changes in pitch, cadence, tone, and diction. Her voice captures and conveys perfectly the range of emotions felt by the characters and draws the listener into the story, appropriately enough, like a slick and experienced pitch-man.
After listening to the final words of this novel, you may be disturbed, you may be heart-broken, but you will most definitely not be the same as you were when you started. That is a guarantee from my lips to your ears. So plunk down your two bits and step on in because you won't believe what you're about to see.
This book took me forever to finish. It was an incredibly different, and strange, book but it definitely dragged on in spots for me. Frequent time/plot changes didn't help. You'd get involved in the story of the main character's adult life issues with her daughter, and then it would go back to her childhood for hours, so hard to stay involved at times and tough to keep characters straight. However, very thought-provoking and a different way to look at life, but full of a lot of characters who were 'ugly' inside so at times hard to feel a lot of sympathy. Overall, I'm glad I listened to it, but I didn't feel good at the end.
I read "Dia's" review and it convinced me to get this book.
I doubt if I would have considered using a credit for it without Dia's words to entice me..... so read that review and include a big "ditto" from me!
Definitely one of my best reads of 2008. I have listened to it twice and will surely do it again.
I have loved this book for years-- the plot, the linguistic gymnastics, the bizarre characters-- but this reader takes it to another level. I love her as the voice of Olympia, which is not easy as she is supposed to be a narrator herself. She also captures the rhythm of carnival life in a way that makes me believe this story was meant to be read.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an oddly touching story about love and family. The characters are unique and beautifully flawed and although there are times the story is shocking and grand, it never stops feeling intimate.
Yes, because it was hard to stop listening to. Author did a pretty good job of making the character both vile and likable to the reader, which is the way he is supposed to be in the story. Sometimes I had trouble understanding why Oly did what she did, but the story is a fantasy, so it is best just to "go along" and enjoy it.
The daughter, Miranda. She's the only innocent one -- in the end.
I enjoyed inwardly laughing at Arty's narcissistic speeches.
Arty, so I could poison him!
Great performance by Christina Moore. She has the ability to sound like so many characters. You always know who is speaking.
This book is like nothing I've ever read or could have ever imagined. It was a strange, twisted, bizarre testament of love. And I liked it!
Not a chance. I think the writing was terrible. The characters were too poorly written for me to have any interest in what happened to them. I feel that the author was using the grotesque to sell books. I was actually upset by the time wasted listening to this thing.
Clearly, many people like this book. It is not for me.
Nope. I feel like the voices were over done and really hard to listen to.
Funny question! Mostly anger and disappointment.
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