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Flanagan created a twisting, turning tale that is both entertaining and bewildering. This book demands multiple readings. And, the experience is more enjoyable with every reading. The audio version is top-notch; the narrator completely nails the performance.
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Just discovered this writer from down under and plan to read everything I can. Started with The Long Narrow Road ... and then found this book. Both were incredibly well written. Can see how he nabbed the Man Booker Prize and is so well reviewed around the globe. The books are entirely different but equally satisfying . Gould is the more humorous of the two and the most fantastical with the early years of Tasmanian history (early 1800's) as a backdrop. You will incidentally learn a great deal about Tasmania while you learn to love the larger than life William Buelow Gould who was a real prisoner artist. So beneath this entertaining, thoughtful tale are the bones of s true story and the crazy birth of a nation. Just read it...the work defies description.
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What disappointed you about Gould's Book of Fish?
The voice of a reader is really important and the audio sample would lead you to believe that the book is read in one voice, however, for most of the book the narration is done in a different accent. I found the accent very annoying and couldn't absorb the story. Others I'm sure will enjoy it but I feel I was mis-sold.
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I have very much enjoyed Richard Flanagans other books but this wasn't for me.
This book is an incredible act of creation. An alternative world through the narrative of a man whose relationship to what we regard as reality is unlike any other I have encountered. In this telling, reality is mutable as an act of creation of a future and as an transformation of a past. Whilst I at times marvelled at the use of certain words, the rich vocabulary and the amusing and incisive turns of phrase, this is also a book in which to immerse or closely study.
The audio presentation is fabulous, with well-presented different voices and accents giving greater depth to the author's often wondrous if deliberately somewhat two-dimensional characters. In this, the strength of the audiobook format is superbly served.