©2009 Matthew Dicks; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
Far from being tedious, I found Martin's explanation of his career and techniques appropriate and extremely practical. His thoughts are what drive his actions and therefore the plot.
Many of the other characters are thinly developed, but that fits as well since we can only see the aspects of other people that Martin recognizes.
To some extent, Martin may do for obsessive compulsives what Dexter Morgan did for sociopaths: pull back the curtain a little to show how their minds work and make them more personable.
I was a little disappointed and confused when the parrot was introduced and that subplot began to develop only to be left hanging. Nothing ever comes of it.
It can be a little tedious to read this story with all of the details, but listening to it is very enjoyable and relaxing.
The main character is so memorable because of all of his rules. Very interesting.
A fun listen. Nothing too important or breathtaking, but fun.
Say something about yourself!
Interesting, engaging, clean
There were no cusswords to speak of
Not sure but I liked this narrator
Really good book but disturbing also.
This book could have been an engaging and interesting novella, but at nine hours it's about five hours too long.
The first half of the book is so tedious that I nearly stopped listening. In that first segment, there is almost no human interaction - just descriptions of what Martin, the main character, does for a living, and how he goes about that job. Plus Martin's thoughts - lots and lots of his thoughts. A good author could have established Martin's character and quirks in an hour or less; here it took five.
When Martin actually does interact with somebody, even in his memory, the book becomes temporarily more interesting. But the story quickly reverts back to Martin's inner monologue - and believe me, it's one boring monologue.
The book becomes more interesting once some other people enter the story, but all the characters share the same flaws: they are shallowly developed and just not very believable.
In short: interesting premise, lousy execution. Whoever failed to edit this book didn't do Matthew Dicks - or us - any favors.
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