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I enjoy (and respect) people's reviews, and appreciate that listeners take the time to share. I read a LOT of your reviews, and I purchase a lot of recommendations (thank you). I'll even go back and follow a book to see how readers experienced it long after I've finished listening. With THEY'RE WATCHING, I have to say, I shared the same experience as the lower-star reviewers (and I don't think a low star review is a mean review!) Over and over in my head while I listened, was this nagging question, "Whaaaat the...?!" on so many levels. This whole ordeal could have been avoided! ...Never have bigger guns been hauled out to hunt a mosquito.
The little mosquito's life is in utter shambles; his wife is cheating, he's been fired, he's out of money, he's losing his dream home, he's a lousy screenwriter, his students don't like him, YET, Omnipotent Global Secret Powers are after this little mosquito. But, like one of Aesop's own mighty little heroes... well, I don't want to ruin it for any future readers.
Suppose I could suspend sanity; enjoy superfluous twists and turns and silly goose chases that go on twice as long as necessary; not question why there are no red flags when people all over the LA socio/economical scale are dropping like flies; believe a little winged mosquito as ballsy as Hurwitz has created here could even buzz off the ground;--the bigger problem with this book is how Hurwitz has no connect with emotion (and you thought I was going to say reality!). He throws in a compulsatory line: I love my wife so much, the poor little boy that will have to grow up without a mother, the abused neighbor aimessly washing dishes over and over, a silent tear rolling down the face of a man patting a dying whale on the back...talk about disconnect! How is it even possible for a writer to fail to elicite compassion for beached whales, slowly dying, with bleeding ears? And narrator Scott Brick (whom I usually enjoy very much) seems to take on the burden of making these characters human, and the plot believable, by delivering an overwrought performance that irritated me almost as much as a mosquito buzzing around my head.
The consensus is that people like Hurwitz as an author, I've read that many of his fans prefer his other books to this one, so I'll try it again. But this one was just one long ridiculous rat maze for poor Patrick (the mosquito) and for the listener.
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This sort of book is not my usual cup of tea. However, recently I listened to "You're Next" and it had me on the edge of my seat. When I started this one, I could not even believe it was the same reader. I like Scott Brick. But in this book he sounds so whiney.
What's nice is that it all the details get sorted out. It's just too unbelievable for my taste.
For me it was a trial to get through it.
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