Dawn Stults's Reviews > A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
F_50x66
's review
Jul 13, 11

Read from June 22 to July 13, 2011

Loved the loosely interweaving lives of the characters..loved to see how the characters developed over time..I wanted more of all of them..The only weak spots for me were that I didn't think the powerpoint chapter (which I haven't seen) came over all that well in the audiobook..and the narrator chose a slight lisp for this character so it came across as pretty trite..there was a sound-effect of an old-fashioned slide projector between each of the slides..but i wasn't able to visualize what the powerpoint slide looked like from the reading. Also was a little uncomfortable with the description of NYC and its inhabitants of the future. I understand the "time is a goon" theme required bringing the characters into the future in order to explore the idea..and that she wanted to make use of current technology and communication and maybe speculate about where that will take us as a society..but i was uncomfortable with it, nonetheless, and so it took away from the general experience for me. One thing I REALLY adored where the little asides in the midst of the chapters about what will one day happen to the characters she doesn't develop as much. I don't regret choosing this as an audiobook, but i definitely won't feel finished with it until i own it in print and can fully digest the powerpoint chapter and reread some of the early chapters.
likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read A Visit from the Goon Squad.
sign in »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

Dawn Stults Loved the loosely interweaving lives of the characters..loved to see how the characters developed over time..I wanted more of all of them..The only weak spots for me were that I didn't think the powerpoint chapter (which I haven't seen) came over all that well in the audiobook..and the narrator chose a slight lisp for this character so it came across as pretty trite..there was a sound-effect of an old-fashioned slide projector between each of the slides..but i wasn't able to visualize what the powerpoint slide looked like from the reading. Also was a little uncomfortable with the description of NYC and its inhabitants of the future. I understand the "time is a goon" theme required bringing the characters into the future in order to explore the idea..and that she wanted to make use of current technology and communication and maybe speculate about where that will take us as a society..but i was uncomfortable with it, nonetheless, and so it took away from the general experience for me. One thing I REALLY adored where the little asides in the midst of the chapters about what will one day happen to the characters she doesn't develop as much. I don't regret choosing this as an audiobook, but i definitely won't feel finished with it until i own it in print and can fully digest the powerpoint chapter and reread some of the early chapters.


back to top