Jeremy Bremen has a secret. All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds. He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own. For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge. But Gail is dying, her mind ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity. Now Jeremy is on the run - from his mind, from his past, from himself - hoping to find peace in isolation. Instead he witnesses an act of brutality that propels him on a treacherous trek across a dark and dangerous America. From a fantasy theme park to the lair of a killer to a sterile hospital room in St. Louis, he follows a voice that is calling him to witness the stunning mystery at the heart of mortality.
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Genius writing, great book
I Gave Up
There seemed to be nothing driving the story except for the main character's desire and need to run. I listened for close to three hours, and all that happened is that the hero's wife dies; he leaves; he runs afoul of a gangster; he escapes; he takes a long bus ride. Eventually I got the feeling that the author was simply using the hero's extraordinary ability to write about dozens of unconnected characters. The hero intrudes into their minds, as do we, to hear micro-dramas about their lives. I began to get the feeling that the ESP was simply a plot device for the author to drop a number of half-formed characters into a story, as though they were people he'd thought of who had no sustainable story of their own. It got boring.
The problem was not the characters, except the thug Bonafucci's every other word started with "f".
I wish, I wish, I wish I could've gotten to a point in the story which was more profound than the hero simply eavesdropping.