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Brilliant in every way. Worth every minute... A sprawling American novel - long but luscious - beautiful, extravagant and elegant. The theme: “Seeing ourselves clearly is the project of a lifetime.” Recommend.👍🏻👍🏻
I was pleasantly surprised by the interpretation of Ari Fliakos for the incredibly complex novel by Nathan Hill.
He managed to separate each character in such a distinctive manner, I was never confused - which would be easy in an audiobook with over 20 hours of duration - and was in constant awe.
I highly recommend this novel/audiobook for anyone interested in politics, entertainment and broken relationships - it does draw some pretty realistic parallels to the current political scene in the United States.
A fantastic debut indeed from Mr. Hill.
And I'm definitely checking out other books narrated by Mr. Fliakos.
I loved this book - best audiobook I've found in ages. It's moving, thought-provoking, very funny, well-written with a great plot and well-observed characters, and brilliantly read. Highly recommend.
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If you could sum up The Nix in three words, what would they be?
Compelling, Complex, Rich.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nix?
There really are far too many memorable moments to single any one out.
Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, but the next book I read will be narrated by him. After The Nix, I'm a fan. He's a fabulously talented narrator who makes the many characters in this book, male and female, instantly recognisable and interesting.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh many times and also gasp in amazement at the plot twist and turns. I especially appreciated how the writer and narrator helped me to have empathy for many of the characters and a sheer dislike for a few others.
Any additional comments?
This book draws you in from its first pages. The writer skillfully hooks you into each character's story in the present tense, while leading you backward and forward through time to introduce others. The storylines kept me so engrossed, that I began to resent being interrupted. It's been some time since a book kept me so fully engaged as this did from start to finish.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the listen. The story is engaging and surprising. However, there were a few times that I felt the book moved slowly or spelt it out too much. Even so i know I'll listen to it again
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
An amusing, engaging and soul-searching journey juxtaposing contemporary media/political milieu and the great social uprising of the late ‘60s