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Would you listen to Consumed again? Why?
I probably will listen again at some point. This is a compelling example of how novels should be read.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
I read the book first, so there were no surprises with regards to plot.
Have you listened to any of William Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the only performance by Hurt I have listened to, but his reading style adds so much to the characters in this novel.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
"Consumed" is a very cerebral novel; it affects you more in a critical, philosophical manner. For those who enjoy Cronenberg's films, I think this novel has a similar characteristic where there is an element of shock and awe in the aesthetic of the storytelling, but the impression you're left with is far more intellectual in nature.
Any additional comments?
When I read the book I felt like the characters lacked the kind of depth that affects a reader in any lasting way. There wasn't anything particularly memorable about the characters; they seemed to be written with great intuition, but were ultimately forgettable. Listening to the audiobook didn't necessarily change my impression, but it did give the characters a sense of nuance that makes them feel human and relatable. Will Hurt's performance make these characters stand out in my memory? No, not really, I'm almost certain I will still forget them, but I do enjoy the story more and it will make the novel as a whole more memorable.
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I didn't like this at all. too much philosophy and photography...not enough action for me.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful