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Our Noise: A Novel

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Craig is armed with a college degree that has so far brought him nothing, certain that something better is just around the corner but unable to encounter it. He's been cohabiting with Ashley since college, and is caught in the dilemma of whether to break up with her or give in to marriage. Meanwhile, Ashley's efforts to earn a graduate degree seem futile considering that ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Touchstone
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Jul 08, 2010 Gillian rated it it was amazing
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I bought this book on my 18th birthday in the airport on my way to Paris, which sounds terribly romantic and I suppose it would have been even more so if I hadn't been buying something to read so that I didn't have to talk to my idiot of a boyfriend who had somehow attached himself to me like a barnacle. Eh, I was 18. What did I know. Anyway, this is a book I keep coming back to and anyone who is of a certain age and of a certain level of musical geekery should read this, because it's amazing ...more
Jul 13, 2011 C rated it really liked it
I can see why some may have reviewed this badly. It's kind of a niche book. Unless you get the band references on every page ( I've listened to a lot of them here), zines and other pop culture references, reading this might be a little bit tedious. But I'm probably one of the ideal readers for this book. I love zines but haven't been reading too many lately (probably to catch up on my books!) This book may have been more relevant to me a couple years ago. I hate when I know books shouldn't be ...more
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Apr 18, 2014 Kathy Kiernan rated it liked it
Not sure why, but this mildly engrossing story of "alternative" types in Kitty, Virginia, a small, slightly hip town complete with indie record stores and a happening café, sat unread on my bookshelf for years. Reading it now, almost twenty years after its first publication, Our Noise now functions as a period piece, a look into a time when two characters who create a zine need to cheat Kinko's to print their product, and a guy who starts a small record label struggles with physical inventory an ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
i re-read this recently and decided it just seems like a nice friend to talk about music to. but then i realized i also skipped whole pages because i didn't want to read every description of someones other words the descriptions can get that annoying.
Jess Driscoll
Apr 27, 2008 Jess Driscoll rated it it was ok
page 58: Kafka once said, "Employees always know more than their employers." Craig and his friends pretty much agree, but they're not sure who Kafka is.
Christopher Tortolano
Apr 07, 2010 Christopher Tortolano rated it it was ok
The start of this book has too many pop-culture references in my opinion. This does fade after a while.
Even though it's hard to find an obvious story direction, I didn't find this book boring.
Nov 06, 2009 Zionwomen rated it liked it
It's not the best book by a long shot. I just enjoyed that it uses downtown Columbia, SC as its location.
Mindy Bohannon
Aug 04, 2013 Mindy Bohannon rated it it was ok
Jeff Gomez is a good writer. However none of the characters did anything that made me care about them. The characters started and ended without changing during the story.
Nov 10, 2010 Svelteassassin rated it it was amazing
I actually went to college in a Southern college town in the 90s and played alternative rock music there. This pretty much sums it all up. I knew the people in the book.
Mike Eckhardt
Jan 14, 2013 Mike Eckhardt rated it did not like it
A boring cliché of indie life in the early/mid 90's. Its only redeeming quality is a reference to Scrawl.
Dick Baldwin
Jan 12, 2016 Dick Baldwin rated it it was ok
Poorly written, with really awkward and gratuitous references to indie rock. Which made it hard to read, and hard to not read.
Mar 25, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it
I'll never read this book again! Not because I didn't like it, it's just I lost my copy and I don't feel like getting another copy. Much like the characters in this very book, I gots bills to pay.
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