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Though this charming novel boasts many elements that typical readers might not normally find endearing--drag queens, a WASPY-Jewish fancier of outmoded gentlemanly ideals, a filthy New York apartment--"The Extra Man" is an undiscovered modern classic. Ames writes about taboo topics with a mixture of panache and vulnerability to utterly charming results. Henry Harrison, the aged/ageless man-about-town and centerpiece of the novel, is one of the most memorable and endearing characters I've encountered in a work of fiction in years, and Ames' excellent reading of the Harrison part only adds to the appeal of this recording. One warning: while Ames writes about perversions with delicacy and care, this book is not for prudes.
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Would you try another book from Jonathan Ames and/or Jonathan Ames?
Jonathan Ames read his book and is a terrible, terribly slow narrator who got on my nerves right away. I might try another if he didn't read it.
Would you recommend The Extra Man to your friends? Why or why not?
No - for reasons stated. Ames wrecks his own book.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
H e r e a d s r e a l l y s l o w l y
Any additional comments?
Please let Ames know that he has talent as a writer -- not as a reader
this performance and story really draws you in. Johnathan Ames reading his own novel works perfectly. an unusual but compelling novel which I was sorry to finish
I really couldn't connect with any of the characters in this book. Downloaded as a freebie a few months ago and only just got around to listening to it. I read a lot of books and am open to all kinds of subjects and experiences be they real or fictional but the sexual content of this book just made me feel uncomfortable. Narration by the author was very slow and boring. A real struggle to finish this. Don't waste your credit.