©2003 Max Barry; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Wicked and wonderful....[It] does just about everything right. Fast-moving, funny, and involving." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Funny and clever....A kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove. [Barry] unleashes enough wit and surprise to make his story a total blast." (The New York Times Book Review)
I "read" The Company and truly enjoyed it. This was not enjoyable. There was no lightheartedness fun in this book. One of the reasons I chose it was because The Company really made me laugh. I expected the same. Maybe I shouldn't have. The concept is there, the farreaching idea is there -- but its just not good enough for me to rate it any higher than 2 stars. And that my friends is being generous.
The plot is clever and fast-paced. The narrator was very good but the female voices sounded a bit funny. Overall, I would recommend this book. I work on the computer most of the day and this was an enjoyable audiobook to listen to. I work in the marketing field and it's not too far off the mark on how bizarre advertising think can get!
Imagine a drama mixed with suspense; throw in a splash of action and a main character that looks good in a skirt and you have this novel. Jennifer Government makes you wonder who done it, and how did he do that. In addition, you will want to share this book with friends and family, but I highly recommend you tell them to buy their own, as you will never want to give up your copy. This book is a modern day classic and Max Berry deserves all the accolades we can give him.
I'm sure there's a message to get, but the humor in this gets in the way of the message being too heavy handed. Characters were wonderful and the situations histerical. To see were Max has taken this, visit http://www.nationstates.net/.
stay at home mom
I admit I didn't get very far into this book, though I was very interested after having played Mr. Barry's online game and reading the concept behind the story. I was so disappointed! After a while I couldn't listen anymore, it just hurt. The narration was monotonous and dull and the characters were flat and uninteresting. I've read better stories by 8th graders!
Well written and narrated, a story with a meaningful message of what will happen if we allow the the unchecked power of the ultra right in this world and country. At the same time Max Barry uses humor, and an intriguing story, to help you forget for a little while the brutality of puppet Shrub and his Masters.
I was really hoping for a fun read here, but was very disappointed overall. The characters were just a bit too hokey, and there wasn't anyone to really identify with. Toward the end, I was hoping that all of them (except Jennifer's daughter) would destroy each other in some interesting and violent way. But, it was simply more rambling narrative. There were too many points where I thought to myself "who cares?", especially at the end of the chapters. If you're interested in this type of story, look at Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash." It's much more skillfully done.
I'm a PhD student in Linguistics in California, and I like to be positive (but my reviews maybe don't support that statement). I <3 books!
The story was pretty basic. This guy is like reverso Ayn Rand... has bad feelings about capitalism and monopolies so he wrote a boring story with one-dimensional characters so he could move them around and go, "see?"
I am so confused... I loved Lexicon so much. I guess I would try again, but now I'm all nervous. Thank goodness for Audible returns...
Not even ever. That guy needs to find a different job.
Discomfort and boredom. Sometimes annoyance.
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