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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Let me start by saying that the writing of Tom McCarthy is addictively enjoyable to read.
So much so that, after devouring his first chapter in a Terminal bookstore, I bought the audiobook for my flight with reckless anticipation.
McCarthy is clearly a brilliant and wonderfully tuned writer, but if the publishers summary promised a book the oscillated between 'brilliance & bullshit', I felt it too often flickered between brilliance & navel-gazing. For me, 'bullshit' (perhaps a hint of real DBC Pierre madness) might have filled the void, so my excitement fizzled to an irritation.
Ok, yes, I'm a little pissed the (parachutist) sub-narrative failed to ignite, (and of this, I was fore-warned) but I make no apology for offering my attention for a little narrative reward.
Don't be misled by one opinion—decide for your self but I came away feeling this book was the published study for a future great novel.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tom McCarthy again?
Yes. Addiction is not a casual reference.
What does James Garnon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Satin Island?
I have been cruel enough already—and I'm not worthy of directing this artist.
Any additional comments?
I genuinely expect great things...
What would have made Satin Island better?
Different narrator. He stop mid-sentence, emphasises random sounds, and genuinely struggles with words that have more than three syllables. I have over 200 audiobooks, but this is the first one I encountered where narrator actually COULD NOT READ. Even authors, who are obviously not trained professionals, read out their books much more professionally than this man. I am returning this book.
How could the performance have been better?
This narrator should be banned. It was like listening to recorded speaking exercises of someone who is working on their stuttering problem.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Huge disappointment! Kept going - It had to be going somewhere? How wrong I was!