That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That's when Ed becomes the messenger.
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." (Booklist)
"Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere." (School Library Journal)
I'm sure this book has some underlaying message, but I'm not sure what it is. In spite of that, it is interesting and entertaining. Marc Aden Gray's narration is so good he made me care more for the character than I would have if I'd read it myself.
I had previously listened to "The Book Thief", which I found relavent to my life experience. "I Am the Messenger", started off a little slow and I was prepared to be disappointed. However, I stuck with it and I am glad I did. At the end Zusak does a marvelous job of pulling the whole thing together to offer a powerful message that we "average" people can benefit from knowing. I will recommend this book to many of my friends who enjoy a relatively profound and exceptionally clever read.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book out for my Goodreads YA Book Club Spring Challenge, but as I started listening to it on a drive down to Arlington, VA, I knew it was not what I was expecting at all. I don't think anyone expects this book. That's part of what's so great about it. The downside is, I'm not sure how to describe it. Ed Kennedy, an Australian cab driver who admits to being bad at sex and doing his taxes within the first few pages, is having a midlife crisis and he's only 19. He's hopelessly in love with his friend, Audrey, and perplexed by his other friends, and his tense relationship with his foul-mouthed mother. After he unexpectedly thwarts a bank robbery, his life becomes even more confusing courtesy of mysterious playing cards he receives in the mail. Each card prompts him to come to the aid of someone else who needs support in a difficult time, and with each person he helps, Ed begins to make sense of his own life and constructs some meaning for himself.
I loved loved this book. After only reading the Book Thief by Zusak, I wasn't sure what to expect, as is sometimes the way when you fall in love with one title from an author, then to be a bit disappointed by another. Not the case here. I loved the story, the journey, the message. Funny, inspiring, endearing, I will definitely go back to it again.
Another great book by Marcus Zusak. Another amazing experience of the prose close to poetry. However, unlike in The Book Thief, the poetry of the prose is not standing out so strongly. We hear the sound of Australian suburbs and their lingo instead.
The story is about Ed Kennedy, a 19-year-old cab driver who lives alone with a strange old dog Dorman - a true canine coffee addict! Ed has not much ambition to do anything else with his life, besides driving taxi and playing cards with his three friends. His mother despises him, and after his father died a year before - he does not have any goal in life.
Until something happens - something totally out of blue - and he gets a series of messages to deliver, acts to perform, deeds to do. I will not tell too much - I do not want to spoil it for you.
To the very end of the story Ed doesn't understand the meaning or the purpose of the messages he was chosen to deliver. But the whole process marks a first serious awakening in his life. As the story evolves, he goes out of simplicity and flat commonness and his life gets a meaning – he does things that truly make difference.
This is a book about love, hate, solitude and friendship and about difficult family relations, about pathetic life in today's poor suburbs of our cities, and finally - about hope to get out of the "epidemy of ordinariness" and patheticness of our daily life.
And it is told without any bombastic preaching of "greatness"...
"Maybe everyone can, maybe everyone can live beyond what they capable off"
I'm a HS teacher, mom of two teenage boys, wife of 22 years. I'm not an avid reader, but when I find a good book I stick with it.
Yes, and have already done so. It is a great storyline and I loved the narration by Gray. He had a way of making me believe Ed was right in my ears.
Any scene with the Doorman in it. I love dogs, and this one was particularly fun to imagine talking back to Ed
The moments Ed had with the older lady were very touching...reminded the listener how human Ed was...reminded you he was a good guy.
Get this one. Well worth it.
I honestly can't decide which impressed me more, this or The Book Thief. Truly an entertaining story.
The voice of the reader is an excellent addition as well. There are a lot of great books that don't measure up in audio form because the reader doesn't capture the heart of the character. This is not one of those. Thoroughly impressive from start to finish.
This is a wonderful book full of interesting characters that are in front of you everywhere ....and especially Ed, the main character. The writing is poetic,heartbreaking,heartwarming....insightful. There is a mystery in this story that keeps you listening to the very end. The narrator is a perfect match to the story and adds to it with his interpretation of the characters. I highly recommend this story.
What I liked about this book: well written, faced paced, engaging characters - excellent narration that makes the main character believable. What I didn't like so much: implausible story, unsatisfying ending, overly sappy ending. Know what you are getting into. This is fun and engaging if you don't expect too much.
This is a great book for older teens as it has an important message about getting involved and caring about others and the positive effect it can have own your life. Beware about reading to younger kids as it has some mild bad language and a heavy scene with rape. My son loved this book and didn't want it to end. It has a similar message as "The ultimate Gift" but more serious and appealing to older teens.
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