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I had actually read this book years ago. The fact that Audible had it on audiobook was among the biggest reasons I even joined the site.
The language is a bit hard to understand, I understand that's a big critique of this book. But it makes more sense to me to have it written the way it was. Yes, it's in some kind of slang and not exactly completely grammatically correct; But the book is a story being told from a teenager. In a world where grammar and linguistics are highly unimportant. It's the same way I feel about the Nadsat in Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange". Yes, it's also vulgar at times. But again; Do teenagers not talk this way - At least, when not around their parents?
The story isn't very original, but it's well told. The language isn't perfect, but it fits well. While the narrator wasn't great, he did a fair job.
I say give this book a listen, especially if you're closer to the teen range. 16-20 is perfect, in my opinion. It's message isn't limited to "internet overload" or "saving the earth"; It is my opinion that what you're supposed to take away from this book is the importance of having a desire to learn. Learn as much as you can, while you have the time. And don't just take what information other people hand you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
love the story, voices were great, and the feed "adls" were an awesome touch
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Particularly good as a voiced book given the subject matter. Worth encouraging teenagers to listen to, particularly those whose world is lived online.
The narrator accurately conveys the stupidity of the general population in his voices, and the jungles and advertising from the feed throughout exemplifies the overwhelmingly constant consumerism and advertising playing constantly in the characters minds! An excellent audio adaptation of the novel!