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Would you try another book from Chuck Klosterman and/or Chuck Klosterman?
What was most disappointing about Chuck Klosterman’s story?
The actual collected pieces were not contained in the audio program.
What three words best describe Chuck Klosterman’s performance?
Personable and fun.
What character would you cut from Chuck Klosterman X?
Any additional comments?
Despite the Unabridged tag, which might be technically correct for a companion offering, and the Publisher's Summary which better describes the print version, the audio program is not the narration of Chuck Klosterman's newest collection Chuck Klosterman X. It is what the author himself describes as a sort of Directory's Commentary, a companion to the collection. The Audible offering does not contain the reading of the actual collected pieces by Klosterman. It is the author narrating the introductions to each of his writings.
While I did find the recording fascinating as the vignettes describe the genesis of, story behind, or his impressions on his articles, and Klosterman's narration is always a treat, buyers expecting an audio version of the print edition will be disappointed. At $21 for 3 hours of abridged content, most will probably be more satisfied heading straight to the print edition which contains both the introductions and, you know, the actual pieces that Klosterman discusses.
Audible has always been very upfront and honest about the content in their offerings, so I am sure this is an oversight that will be corrected soon. If you get a kick out of Chuck Klosterman's narration and don't mind the missing content, this is an enjoyable listen.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I pre-ordered this as I like all of Klosterman's work, and particularly love his audiobooks.
However, the title and cover art are very misleading, as it just consists of him giving commentary on the print book, which I don't have. He says in the introduction that it wouldn't work as an audiobook due to the interviews, but I really enjoyed IV, which was in that format. This seems more like a bonus feature, but it still costs a full credit.
I'll try to get the real book now, but I'm mostly disappointed that the audio version of this book isn't likely to ever exist.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful