A poignant and sad book which is in turn often darkly humorous and uplifting, too, this is an insight into both the recesses of Waugh's own mind and his brilliant imagination, from which he creates a character who is both likeable and often openly derisable.
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"What a gem"
I found this audiobook by chance, and I loved every second of it. This superb little book manages to convey the experience of "hearing voices" in a perfectly believable way, while still remaining humorous and engaging. And the narration is nothing short of perfect. Every character gets a rich and perfectly suited voice. Highly recommended.
Waugh's best book, superbly read by the narrator. I highly recommend the book and this audio version to anyone who relishes irony, and to students of personal decline and madness.
I didn't much care for the novel. For some reason I couldn't understand what about the character's predicament was interesting. Michael Cochrane's reading, on the other hand, is magnificent. It was the reader rather than the writer that got me through this book.
"Laughed out loud. A lot."
People must have thought I was a crazy person - while I listened to this sharp, strange novel about a lazy egomanic I was laughing out loud. On the subway. On the street. In stores. The narrator and the novel are hilarious!
"Entertaining and Mind-Bending"
Yes, if you have a high tolerance for unexpected skips and escapes due to some technological blips.
Pace and humor.
Pinfold himself. Michael Cochrane's narration compliments the story perfectly.
Gilbert, because the reader cannot help but sympathize, especially since the autobiographical torture led [eventually] to his recovery.
Can't go wrong with this choice.
"i can't believe i listened to the whole thing."
Waugh is a wonderful writer but this was an ordeal to listen to. obvious from the beginning and way too long.
it is Kate Atkinson,
he's a good narrator.
not really, except the idea.
This book was a type of British humor I found uninteresting.
The main character was not in a muddle, and unfortunately I as listener did not care.
He performed well, but the story did not hold together.
Not that I can think of.
"Highbrow & hilarious!"
In true "The Loved One" satire, Waugh describes a droll college professor in denial of his addition to pain meds and sleep aids. His journey blends a strange mix of reality and fantasy in quite humorous fashion, leaving the "reader" to wonder which was which -- an entertaining journey.
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