Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.
©2012 A. M. Homes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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"Thought provoking AND funny"
Pretty near the top, I came to is with some degree of suspicion as sadly I tend to with all American literature ..but it had me hooked pretty quickly. I ended up taking lessons from the laid back world view of the central character finding himself after for years being labeled ' retard' by his family. He comes into his own and its all done very seductively and with great humour. Like the other reviewer I laughed out load frequently which is always a benchmark for me.
Jonathon Franzen but so much better. Less gloomy
I haven't listened to the narrator before but though he did a good job
"I was hooked from page one"
A story of brothers; of families; a mix of dark tragedy, suspense and high humour. This book is a treat: you never know where it's going next. I've never read a book quite like it. To describe it as 'life-affirming' makes it sound worthy. It was just a right good read: un-switch-off-able and occasionally laugh-out loud funny. The central character was endlessly surprising if just-a-little too good to be true? But I loved him anyway.
"Great storytelling, let down by narration"
The story is funny, outrageous and compelling. I found I had little empathy for the main character, he managed to go through some pretty amazing events with a kind of head-in-the-clouds stoicism but then this can be (and is) funny. I laughed out loud regularly and was pinned to the story very early on by the engrossing opening.
The only thing that detracted from this audible experience was the narrator's inability to break out from his own voice. The main characters are Jewish and a lot of the story is based around Jewish people and lives. The narrator has a strong Woody Allen style NY Jewish accent. This is all fine for those characters but it means that every character in the book is the same, policemen, shopkeepers, school teachers, everyone has the same accent and after a while that really starts to grate. So I think I prefered the voices I attributed when I read the book in print. Otherwise I would highly recommend the book, maybe go for the printed edition though or wait till they get a slightly more versatile actor to read.
A catalogue of increasingly unlikely disasters pile up on some guy and his family. The guy has no apparent personality and so has no feelings at all about all this mayhem. And, as others have said, it just goes on and on. Condensed into 20 minutes and done with flair, it could just about make a stand-up comedy routine - oh but, then again, you'd need to put in some humour.....
"A more optimistic Franzen"
This is an unpredictable story, full of unorthodox characters. Totally over the top in places, dark and funny... it's a great listen.
"The Ultimate Audio Book"
I loved the coming together of various people who had lost their way from the perceived traditional family.
I'm enjoyed Madeline & Si fighting over the dolls.
The American Dream - The alternative!
This a brilliant book, but the narator is a genius!
I'd highly recommend buying this audio book, it's a wonderful journey.
"A M Homes at her best"
I have already listened to it twice and it's just as new and fresh second time round.
Nathan Osgood's narration was brilliant. All his characters were believable.
I went through a range of emotions listening to this book. It's easy to listen to but also makes you think.
"Sort of like listening to that doctor on "House""
Highly entertaining - great characters and situations, and (terrible foreign accents notwithdsanding) a wonderful performance.
I thought the story line fell apart a bit towards the end, as though the author got tired, and wanted to wrap things up quickly and sweetly
I read this book 2 months ago, and when I came to write the review, I couldn't remember a thing about it. That says it all really. An instantly forgettable book with nothing to commend it. Don't waste your money.
"A very long and boring 19hours"
Nothing really happens in this book, it is boring and incredibly long and the narrator sounds like he's half asleep. I struggled my way through it, and have spoken to other people who said the same.
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