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By J. Houlding on 05-18-03
More excellent Robbins
If you love Tom Robbins, then you will like this book. The narration is fantastic, and the story is compelling. The classic problem is that it is difficult to wrap up so many stories at the end, so he uses an epilogue to finish the book, which was a little bit of a let down. That being said, it has some great characters, storylines and made me laugh out loud.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Susan on 05-09-04
Not his best effort...
I am a big Tom Robbins fan and have read almost all of his books. He has a very unconventional sense of humor and a joie de vivre that some people find disconcerting. I did like this book, but I didn't think it was one of his best. The story is complicated and you do have to stick with it at times, as it gets kind of confusing. But that is Mr. Robbins' style: to twist a familiar theme until you begin to see it from the inside out. I have gotten some great insights from his books in the past, but I couldn't get close to any of characters in this novel or their predicaments. Part of the difficulty may be with the reading itself. The reader's attempts at the various accents, especially the asian ones (which sound like something from a Monty Python sketch), were highly stereotypical and difficult to relate to.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Noah on 12-09-06
Some great sentences, but an incomplete story
Many people would argue that Robbins never focuses very much on plot or story, but I have found his stream of consciousness adventures to be some of the most fun, clever and engrossing books that I have read.
That being said, Villa Incognito was a bit of a dissapointment. This novel follows the same formula as his other books, and it seems that half way through, he got bored with writing another novel about absurdity, gurus, and wahoo and decided to just end it. This really feels like a story that he just got tired of writing and so he tied it together at the end real quick.
Still, it is Robbins, so you'll find some of the most playful use of English and structure around. I still got a happy fizzy feeling reading this, but with the rapid conclusion of developing plots, the reader is left feeling a bit cheated in the end.
If you like Robbins and have read his other work. You will definitely enjoy this, but I would recommend reading his other titles first.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By David Shear on 05-21-13
Great story but the narrator ruins it.
I love Tom Robbins. I had read Villa Incognito years ago and was excited to listen to it. I've enjoyed all the other Robbins books in audio format. This narrator is terrible. His Thai accent and "cowboy" accents are terrible to the point of distraction. Robbins books are naughty and glib and don't take themselves seriously, that's the beauty of his story-telling. They need a subtle touch. Robbins books, as most great stories, need the narrator to become invisible and let the story shine through. This performance was so disappointing.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Daniel on 06-18-07
I've read a lot of Mr. Robbins' books, and this is one Im forcing my way thorough. He can be great, but this one just doesnt grab me enough to enjoy as an audiobook. It loses my attention too often, and I feel like it may be better enjoyed as reading material. The book starts out with the narrator doing these Mr. Magoo accents, and when it persisted, I thought I was going to flip out and chuck my ipod. But they let up, thankfully. Try Jitterbug Perfume.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Kate Barattini on 04-08-18
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I mean, Tom Robbins, if you enjoy his books you're obviously going to enjoy this one...but THAT NARRATOR! I feel like he did a wonderful job.
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of them. Madam Ko was badass.
What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?
He was a natural.
If you could take any character from Villa Incognito out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Hmmm...Either Stubblefield or the fox whose name I cannot spell.