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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Audiobook

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Publisher's Summary

At the age of 22, David Eggers became both an orphan and a "single mother" when his parents died within five months of one another of unrelated cancers.

David is appointed unofficial guardian of his eight-year-old brother, Christopher. The two live together in semi-squalor, decaying food and sports equipment scattered about, while Eggers worries obsessively about child-welfare authorities, molesting babysitters, and his own health.

Contains Strong Language

©2001 David ("Dave") K. Eggers (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

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    Steve Manchester, United Kingdom 09/07/2012
    Steve Manchester, United Kingdom 09/07/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Embarrassing"

    I stuck with it for about the first third of the book.

    My congratulations to the narrator for an excellent reading of this novel. For me, the book, which attempts to make a virtue of it's self conscious, self referential story, is tiresome in the extreme. Others will probably find it witty and amusing. As they say; your mileage may vary.

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    Natasha bury st edmunds,, United Kingdom 11/05/2011
    Natasha bury st edmunds,, United Kingdom 11/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "rantastic"

    Stumbled across this by accident. What a find!! laugh out loud funny but also very moving. A fantastic listen..

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    AMcLordy 31/05/2015
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    "A great performance by Dion Graham"

    Dion Graham's narration helped me stay with the stream of consciousness style and brought warmth to Dave's character. If I'd been reading the book, I'm not sure I would have found that warmth.

    That said, I had to give up half way through. Dave's character is so needy, so self absorbed that I couldn't spend any more time with him.

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    "Listening torture"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps I am unable to relate to this author's life. This book doesn't even seem to have any positive emotions, maybe I missed it.


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