Like most people, I picked up this audiobook because of the comp to The Rosie Project, which I loved. Unfortunately, thisI listened to roughly an hour
Like most people, I picked up this audiobook because of the comp to The Rosie Project, which I loved. Unfortunately, this book is kinda gross so far, going into way too much clinical detail about waxing, for example. Where Don was charming and funny, Eleanor...is not. She's never been interested in romance, but then she falls in love/lust at first sight with a musician and obsessively plans how to be with her fated match; the way this all happens doesn't really seem to fit with the rest of her personality at all. This book makes me uncomfortable, and I've already cringed so many times....more
There's no way I can do this book. Though I sympathize with Flora's memory problems, I already find her incredibly frustratiAmount Listened to: 1 hour
There's no way I can do this book. Though I sympathize with Flora's memory problems, I already find her incredibly frustrating. Because she lacks memories, there is constant repetition, which, while necessary for this narrative, is boring as hell. The one memory she does have is of kissing her best friend's boyfriend, who is clearly an asshole, so she convinces herself that she's in TRUE LOVE with him. Like, her parents are leaving her to take care of her brother, and she's all YAY INDEPENDENCE UNENDING TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE KISS WITH DRAKE. Girl, no. Just no....more
This is reminding me a LOT of Bleaker House. We have another aspiring novelist with strange conceits about producing aI listened to about 30 minutes.
This is reminding me a LOT of Bleaker House. We have another aspiring novelist with strange conceits about producing a novel; Batuman declares that she thinks it best not to read a bunch of novels. There are the same sort of uncomfortable stories about her life too. Maybe I'm being unfair because I've recently been burned but DO NOT WANT....more
A middle grade by Carol Goodman with ship potential and Arthurian Legend set during WWII? I was so incrediblyI listened to 2-3 hours of the audiobook.
A middle grade by Carol Goodman with ship potential and Arthurian Legend set during WWII? I was so incredibly there. Unfortunately, I absolutely hate the plot, which consists of a magical Arthurian book declaring a diverse group of kids (white, Native American, Japanese, and Jewish) the chosen ones by communicating with them through prophetic dreams. I absolutely cannot. Dreams are one of the absolute worst elements to use in a plot, and I've already reached the point where I'm rolling my eyes....more
All of the six 3rd person limited perspectives I listened to (three of the astronauts and one family member from eaI listened to about an 1hr 45 mins.
All of the six 3rd person limited perspectives I listened to (three of the astronauts and one family member from each) were a bit strange and distancing, particularly the astronaut POVs. Some made me rather uncomfortable, like the admittedly-most-personality-filled daughter of Helen Kane, who in her first chapter tells a joke about how she blames Anne Frank for her hording of random things, or Sergei Kuznetsov's son who is likely going to begin an affair with a much older man (and this chapter also includes many uses of the word "fag" which ew). I quit on the POV of Yoshi's wife, who is navigating her house in a sleep mask and starts thinking about how THIS is true art because it's not exhibited or sold. True artists create solely for the sake of creation and do not share it, and it was such pretentious horrible unrealistic bullshit that I just could not continue. And tell me what the fuck this has to do with a mission to Mars?
I don't like any of these people, and, though I find the basic idea and setup (astronauts planning a mission to Mars and also seeing how family members react to it) fascinating, the execution seems determined to drain the concept of any fun....more