But, for a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains permanently derailed. Four dramatically different characters tell their stories: Cheryl, who calmly narrates her own death; Jason, the boy no one knew was her husband, still marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather, the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason's father, Reg, whose rigid religiosity has separated him from nearly everyone he loves.
©2003 Douglas Coupland; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"[Coupland]'s best novel to date." (LA Weekly)
"It's an extraordinarily well-written novel with characters you know you shouldn't be liking but do. So real." (Whoopi Goldberg)
As usual, Coupland has tapped into the "gen-x" mind and produced a rugged, honest and engaging tale of living in this crazy world. The story just works and it is told with unusual honesty and frankness. The narrators actually do justice to the telling of the tale, and this is something I don't often say. Some narrators take away from an otherwise good story but these folks enhance an already terrific listen. Two thumbs way up!
My crit may be biased. I am one of those coupland junkies, yes there are plenty out there, almost religious preechers of his novels. Hey Nostradamus is not just a moving and compelling story, it is the kind of book that will change your life for ever.
The topic -- playing off the concept of school shootings, the most disturbing of which was, naturally, Columbine -- was what caught me, but kind of in the way one gets their attention grabbed by a car wreck; you know maybe you shouldn't be looking, but you can't help but look.
This book's topic is a bit like that, but fortunately the novel inside is pretty darn good. For me, the most likeable character was Cheryl Anway, the easiest to like, naturally. From there, the novel is a bit uneven; the sections dedicated to each of the four leads are unequal in length, which is troublesome in that some characters feel more two-dimensional as a result, most notably in the last part.
I did appreciate the way the whole truth of circumstances involved only become clear after reading the whole book; it's a time-honored trick but nicely pulled off here. Well done, overall.
This book starts out really weak, almost annoying. Stick with it, it does get a little more interesting. It's depressing though, and will leave you asking questions; mostly about instances in the story I felt the author should have expounded upon.
The four separate readers definitely does this book a favor and really identifies the characters well for you.
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I may have to listen to this one again. I guess I thought this book was more about the events of a school shooting, rather than the lives of those affected years after it occurred. I feel like I really have no idea what happened with the 4 characters/narrators. The first and third narrators really held my interest (they were both females). I'm hoping I'm more engaged with the second and fourth narrators (both guys) during the 2nd listen, since I have a better understanding now who they are. I would probably give this a 3.5 rating because even though I listened the entire way through, I could have stopped at any point beyond narrator #1 and been fine with it. I didn't score it lower because the opening was outstanding (narrator #1), and the story with narrator #3 kept me wanting to hear more. It just seems like there should have been a little more to the story...
I'm not sure if I would recommend this book....I'll update after I listen to it again.
What did I just hear?! 5% interesting story, 95% whining and loose plot. I feel like an Olympian after the hours of forcing myself to finish this book. Maybe I should have read it. The voice actors were of noticeably varying levels of skill and were either annoying or bad casts.
avid reader, love nature
Yes, it kept me interested, the ending was not what I expected
4 different views....each unique!
yes, yes and yes
Is there going to be a sequel
Awesome book. great choice of narrators. one of my absolute favorites, and ive read and listened to close to 500 works of literature. Wish someone would do more Coupland works. "Generation X" for example. "Life After God" hint hint.
This is my favourite Douglas Coupland novel, brilliantly read by 4 very talented actors. Like most Coupland books this one deals with feelings of isolation in the midst of the buzziness of modern life. It starts with a high school shooting, very sensetively handled, and shows how the tradegic events cause ripples in the lives of two of the families concerned over a period of 20 years. As is common with a Coupland novel, the events and characters are a means to ask some very searching questions about faith, God and the value of individuals. This is a moving and thought provoking work but one that maintains the authors characteristic wit and warmth throughout. One of the best books availible on Audible.
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