Well, listen and find out!
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"[An] inventive romp. (The New Yorker)
"Ames' tale zips along, brimming with comedy and wild details, proving him to be a winning storyteller and a consummate, albeit exceedingly eccentric, entertainer." (Publishers Weekly)
"Too Dark for me!"
While this book kept me listening, it was too dark for me. This is a story of a man without hope who learns nothing. As a consequence, the reader who invests time in this book must look for other reasons to stay with it.
I suppose if you were looking for someone more miserable than you might be at the time you are reading this review, this book will strike a chord. Otherwise, I would recommend something lighter.
"Difficult to listen to"
I bought this audio some months ago. At the time, the lack of reviews here sent me to amazon.com, where I read some very favorable opinions. The flat tone in which it is narrated, makes it very difficult for one to concentrate on the story and to recognize it's literary value.
I have just finished listening to Bryce Courtanay's "The Potato Factory", narrated by Humphrey Bower: an example of fine narration, that made me aware of how important this feature is in audio books.
I haven't yet been able to listen to much more than 3 hours of "Wake Up, Sir", but I feel it could be very interesting to listen to, if narrated with quality.
Would I have bought this audio book, anyway, if I had known this much? No; but I would have probably bought the book.
"Authors Shouldn't Narrate"
If you can get past the dull narration by the author(sorry!), the book is actually quite good. A modern, American, take on Wodehouse. Very funny!
"Lost brain cells"
The plot was horribly slow. By far the worst book. Have ever attempted to read.
I loved this audiobook, reading the reviews i feel that just like the main character, this book is misunderstood. The narrative was a bit monotone but it all further emphasized the state of mind of the main character.
Most of the moments are memorable, Alan blair is such a character, so much misfortune, so clueless , so in-denial about his own problems. His helplessness leads him to end up in situations that are just so memorable. So pinpointing a specific memorable moment is quite difficult. However i liked the moment where he discovers he may be "nose fetishist" and his whole theories and thought process behind it.
Well Alan blair has to be the favorite character as this is pretty much his story and narrative.
I thought it was funny, ludicrous and just plain hilarious. Burst out laughing more than once.
Yes. i finished this book over a weekend. I just couldn't put it down.
I would highly recommend
"Definitely for a certain type of person..."
I absolutely loved this book. That being said, I am that type of person. Jonathan Ames is a quirky, neurotic and brilliant writer but you kind of need an open mind to really appreciate him. The main characters of his fiction books are undeniably based on himself and I thought it was especially fascinating that this book seemed to be a continuation in the adventures of the main character from Ames other novel, The Extra Man. Therefore, if you want more context for what's going on in this novel you should probably read or listen to that one first.
Take all of the negative reviews with a grain of salt. If you are interested in this book but feel wary, look up J.Ames on the interwebs and maybe listen to an interview of him by Marc Maron to see if his personality will mesh with yours.
"The narration kills it"
No, it was the first audiobook (in hundreds) that I couldn't bear to finish. The narration was simply that awful.
I love Wodehouse, and I really love the author's Bored to Death TV show, so I thought this book might be a perfect mix. It may well be, but not in audio format.
The narration was monotone, but I've listened to other monotone narrations (Kramer's narration of the Butcher Boy series, for example) that were excellent. No, it's just that the narration was terrible. With professional narration, it might be an excellent audiobook.
I won't know until and if I read the book.
Apologies to Jonathan Ames for picking on his narration. His TV series Bored to Death is fantastic, and I know the man has a great deal of talent. But narration is definitely not one of them. I only wish I could have found out if writing a book is.
I listened to all of his audiobooks. While this one is not my favorite, I really enjoyed it. Especially the way he reads the book by himself. It is true that he might vocally "downgrade" his story with a not as enthusiastic style as other narrators might have. But it absolutely fits the story. His reading accompanies the absurdity of it in a way that it doesn't get silly but stays funny.
I liked the book, but didn't like the narrator's voice.His slow,nasal tone could put people to sleep.
The worst book I listened to over the past three years. Guaranteed to worsen your mental condition especially if you are already feeling depressed. If you enjoy craving over the futility of life over a set of futile pages, this is something for you. "Read by the author" did not help. There should be a health warning on the package of this one.Make sure to hear a sample before you buy. The authors' voice, style and tone is totally in line with the content.
"I could listen to Jonathan Ames read anything"
Once again Jonathan Ames has managed to make my commute to work totally bearable.
The story is an interest one but it's the amazing characters and their interplay that make this a great book. From the main character who I think most of us can relate with, to his valet Jeeves who is very much the voice of reason.
Although I enjoyed this story, I think I would purchase an audio book of Jonathan Ames reading the ingredients for lice spray. He has a lovely calming voice and with little tweaks of his voice here and there he creates completely believable characters.
"bizarre but entertaining"
A nice twist on the old character's. Nothing like woodhouse, but probably better to innovate than imitate.
Slightly odd, save your credit! Fortunately for me I downloaded this as a freebie, otherwise I would probably have had to return it. I persevered but just really didn't get it. It links in with "The Extra man," and is equally as odd. Again there are several different story lines which are only just semi entertaining. This book also made me feel uncomfortable in places and is not one to read if you are feeling slightly low. What was the purpose of this book? Maybe its just me, but it was hard work, I wouldn't waste a credit on it. As a freebie, well the choice is yours.
"reader is sending me to sleep"
the reader is so bad I cant concentrate on the story he might as well be reading a shopping list
fell asleep wasn't enough to keep me interested more of a man's book would try this author again though
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