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A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad | Jennifer Egan
NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award WinnerPEN/Faulkner Award FinalistA New York Times Book Review Best BookOne of the Best Books of the Year:Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village VoiceBennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.Sasha isthe passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is astartling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 140

Book 140 I listened to A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, a story about music with a plethora of intersecting, presumptuous characters. I understand it won a pulitzer because of it's formatting, so I need to see the book. There was a random chapter near the end with a lot of rewinding noises. Odd. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ManyWordsLater
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Suddenly, it was the moment to read this book that‘s been on my shelf for 3 years.

I‘m really enjoying it.

Graywacke A good moment, hopefully 3mo
akfreeborn Loved this book! 2mo
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Kimberlone
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Pickpick

I had a library loan coming in for The Candy House, so that prompted me to finally read A Visit from the Goon Squad, which I have had a worn down copy on my shelf to read for upwards of a decade.

Really loved this inventive, sprawling, interconnected web of a novel. Certain narratives were more compelling than others, but I loved how each new piece of the puzzle revealed new sides to previous characters and stories.

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

This was such a brilliantly crafted novel. I loved how it read almost like closely connected short stories instead of a novel. The music theme resonating through each individual person's story came together for a cohesive and satisfying ending.

I'm excited for The Candy House now.

Graywacke Your post brings back a little why I liked this so much. I‘ve been thinking about her new book. 4mo
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mollyrotondo
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this to prep for Candy House which we are reading for book club. I enjoyed this one very much. I liked reading about how different people were connected to one another and how some characters evolved as the years went by. It was very well written. I‘m hoping I enjoy Candy House just as much.

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vlwelser
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This is very good. My secondary irl book club (who doesn't have one of those?) picked this for July and The Candy House for August. Not sure how I feel about reading a second one though...

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
mollyrotondo Oh one of my irl book clubs is reading Candy House this month. So I just finished this one to prep myself for it 😆 5mo
vlwelser @mollyrotondo it's very good. But not totally sure I'm ready for the next one yet. 5mo
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mollyrotondo @vlwelser I‘ve heard not great things from my book club friends but they hadn‘t read this one so we will see. I‘m still waiting for my library hold to come through lol 5mo
vlwelser @mollyrotondo someone just posted that it's confusing. I feel like that meets current expectations. 5mo
mollyrotondo @vlwelser yeah that basically is what I‘ve heard too 😬 5mo
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vlwelser
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#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

I have way too many books in my possession and some are partially started. So this is my feeble clean up attempt...

vlwelser @WorldsOkayestStepMom It's in a stack of books I need to return to my book squad. I've wanted to read it for a while. 5mo
julieclair Good luck! I feel your pain! 😂 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Freespirit
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Pickpick

Wow I am so behind with reviews and catching up with what everyone is reading!! Hi to all my reading friends! In the past month I‘ve read 4 good books…all different..all well written..top marks for Good Squad and Absolution by Murder and the others not far behind. Hope your all enjoying a good book😘😘
#fiction #literature #reading

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BekaReid
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Pickpick

The book provided an interesting exploration of the passage of time, the effects of aging on individual lives, and the longing for the past through memory. It read like an interconnected book of stories. The plots and characters revolve around Bennie and Sasha, who remain on the periphery through much of the book just out of focus. I would have loved to view more from Sasha's voice as I found her the most complicated and interesting of the group.

Caroline2 I really liked this book. ❤️ 7mo
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ktmccann
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BekaReid
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And my solo vacation begins. Excited to start this one on my flight

LiteraryinLawrence Have a lovely time! 7mo
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ClairesReads
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Still so great even ten years after I first read it. Egan has found the sweet spot between a novel and interlinked short stories. Pitch perfect prose, incisive in its observations of human interaction, immensely affecting and thoughtful. Goon Squad remains a worthy fave.

Caroline2 I really liked this one too. 👍 7mo
merelybookish I loved it when it came out but have shied away from re-reading it. I'm glad to hear it holds up! 7mo
ManyWordsLater Insist heard her speak about her new book (tagged) very interesting woman. 7mo
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ClairesReads @Caroline2 it‘s excellent isn‘t it 7mo
ClairesReads @merelybookish it really does! 7mo
ClairesReads @ManyWordsLater I‘m just starting Candy House tonight 😊 7mo
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Freespirit
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Wow I‘ve had a fabulous week in Melbourne! I‘ve visited all the book shops..Hill of Content, The Paperback Bookshop, The Basement and Dymocks😊 I‘ve been to the Opera, the Symphony, Hamlet, The Van Gogh Display, the museum to see Triceratops and the fabulous botanical gardens. I‘m exhausted but happy❤️ and a box of books is on its way home!!
#bookshops #travel #melbourne

LeeRHarry Glad you have had a fab time in my fair city! 💕😊 7mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed your visit. Pity it was so cold and wet. 7mo
Freespirit @CarolynM @LeeRHarry love your city..weather was great as I got to wear a coat and scarf!! Could have easily stayed another week. Xxx 7mo
Jeg Envious. Can‘t wait to get across. 7mo
Freespirit @Jeg Joy it is a fabulous city ❤️ 7mo
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Gleefulreader
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I read this 10 years ago and cannot remember a lot about it, so decided a refresh was in order before jumping into Candy House.

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GarethSouthwell
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Pickpick

Most of the characters are in some way connected to the music industry, but the real theme is time: “Time is a goon“, a heavy-booted thug who's happy to leave the fragile hopes and dreams of youth bleeding in the gutter of middle-aged regret. Each chapter takes a different viewpoint and we get multiple perspectives on the same characters at different times, often in an innovative way. One chapter is a Powerpoint! Sad, funny, clever, interesting.

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Kristin_Reads
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Mehso-so

📖 4-25-22 || Pulitzer | Interior | Angst
Uses different styles and techniques (article excerpts, Power Point slides, etc) to explore different eras and characters. There were some very moving sections that will stick with me for a while, however I got lost in the switching back-and-forth from different characters and time periods.

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eeclayton
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Panpan

This was an interesting read which I didn't enjoy very much. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of a different character, using different narrative techniques (one chapter is a PowerPoint presentation!), jumping back and forth in time. It is well-written, but I feel like the author was going for producing a well-written book more than for telling a good story.

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Karkar
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I am struggling with this …. Does it get better after the first 1/4 of the book??? Cause right now I could careless about any of these characters.

Graywacke Trying to remember. I don‘t think it changes that much. (Although I liked it. ☺️) 1y
BarbaraBB Trying to remember too. I wasn‘t blown away by this one. 1y
Hooked_on_books It doesn‘t. I didn‘t think it was bad, but I wasn‘t impressed. 1y
Karkar @Graywacke @BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books thank you! I think I am DNF for now. Maybe some day….. (edited) 1y
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Karkar
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Starting this one tonight. Finally getting close to finishing the Super Rooster list that I started a long time ago. 😂📚

GondorGirl Puppers! 😍 1y
ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 1y
Asthecroweflies Schnauzer baby! I have 2. 1y
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Karkar @GondorGirl and @ladym30 Zelda says thank you 1y
Karkar @Asthecroweflies they are the best! I love my two. 1y
BookNAround ❤️Zelda! Gatsby sends an enthusiastic bark or ten her way. 1y
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bpeters
Mehso-so


I really wanted to focus on Sasha's story arc, but the book would not comply. I enjoyed the other stories, but those stories, along with the characters, bored me a bit. I just wanted to get back to hers. The stories all meet in the end, but it was not nearly as satisfying as I had hoped. I enjoyed Jennifer's writing and will definitely read another one of hers

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Karmapen
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Oh how I loved this. The short stories joined together by a thread that was sometimes inscrutable and sometimes blindingly obvious. Some of them took my breath away. The last story was the least satisfying IMHO, but I appreciated the fullness if the world the Egan constructed for her characters. I gasped out loud several times reading it.

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Allietaylor16
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Starting this reread while in the dealership waiting room!

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audraelizabeth
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Panpan

#booked2021 musical instrument on cover @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
This was a so so for me until chapter 9 and then for me it took a turn. The characters for me didnt have any redeeming qualities and thats never good.
#marvelousmarch @Andrew65 first book 4 hours 50 minutes in
@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

Cinfhen I bailed on this one!! And that was probably wayyyy before chapter 9😉 2y
audraelizabeth @Cinfhen I think the only reason I stuck it out was because I was listening to it. The section in chapter 9 made me go nope not how you handle that. Im done. 2y
Cinfhen Ugh!! Hate when that happens!! 2y
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audraelizabeth @Cinfhen Yea, disgusting. 2y
Cinfhen Well you got the prompt knocked off 🤗🤗🤗 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
Andrew65 Shame it wasn‘t better. 2y
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ItsAnotherJen
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Mehso-so

The chapter made up of the slide show journal that 12 yr. old Alison made is pure genius. That chapter is 5 stars. The rest was between 2-3 stars because they are each like disjointed short stories. With a character or three that somehow intertwines with another character or three in a different chapter. You flip back and forth in time. In this chapter they are a child, in that one they are a father of three. One of his kids is in another chapter.

ItsAnotherJen It's simply confusing. By the time you figure out how the person connects to the other people and you get a feel of their life, the chapter is over and you are shoved in another timeline. 2y
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Caroline2
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Pickpick

What a powerhouse of a book! Each chapter reads like a short story but all the characters are interconnected by a delicate web of a plot that spans decades! It‘s furious pacing suited my goldfish attention span at the mo. I got completely lost in the beautiful writing and characters. I loved this! 😀

Caroline2 I think we defo prefer different writing styles Trish! 😆 2y
Cinfhen I think I might need to revisit this book!!! I bailed years ago but interconnected stories are my NEWEST FAVORITE JAM (edited) 2y
Caroline2 @Cinfhen Yes! I‘m really enjoying interconnected stories too lately. But I should warn you, this book does toe the line of threatening to be a pretentious Iowa Writers MFA Book! 😆It‘s a close call at times.....! 😬 2y
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Cinfhen Ha!!! Maybe that‘s why I bailed the first time😜 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I bailed at 20% 😐 2y
TrishB I think we do too! Short stories are probably my least fave genre! I‘m glad you called the pretentiousness out though it was making my eyes roll. 😁 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB @Cinfhen Yeah I found it a bit pretentious at times but then some of the middle chapters are absolute corkers that I can‘t stop thinking about. I can see why it‘s a love it/hate it book. 👍 2y
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TrishB
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Been reading these yesterday/today and I‘m bailing on both ☹️ neither of them are entertaining me at all.
Sorry @Caroline2 I‘m the usual rubbish buddy read!!
Need to find a good book!

rockpools Oh no! 🤞for the next one. (Failing that, I recommend Quick Quack Quentin!) 2y
MicheleinPhilly 2020 will go down as a strange one for lots of reasons. One of those reasons seeing you bail on more books in the past 5 months than I‘ve seen you do in the past 4 years! 2y
Caroline2 Ah never mind Trish! I hope you find a good book soon! 🤞 have you read The Mercies yet? Prob my fav book of the year so far. 👍 2y
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TrishB @rockpools 😁 it may just have to be that one! 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly it saddens me ☹️ but corona brain always wins! 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 just went to check out The Mercies on Amazon and it‘s 99p today on kindle 😁 so I‘ve brought it of course! 2y
Kalalalatja Corona brain is too real... hope you‘ll find a book to keep your attention soon 🤞 2y
TrishB @Kalalalatja just slows you down so much! 2y
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TrishB
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Help Caroline! Struggling...... I‘m not into the writing style at all, the multiple POVs....will do a bit more but not really into it!
You?
Did say I‘m a rubbish buddy read.

Caroline2 😂 how funny!!! No worries at all Trish if ya wanna bail. 😉 I‘m enjoying it but I know what you mean, it‘s almost like each chapter is its own short story. 2y
TrishB Which is probably my least favourite genre.... 2y
kyraleseberg Ooh I struggled with this one. It's definitely a book that I know people love and I feel like I must be missing something. 2y
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melissajayne I read it when it first came out; bailed on it. 2y
TrishB @kyraleseberg yes so many people love it I definitely fell like I‘m missing something! 2y
TrishB @melissajayne I‘m heading that way. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I struggled with her book Manhattan Beach. 2y
TrishB @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have that one too but not got to it! 2y
Oryx This one did nothing for me at all. So don't blame you. 2y
TrishB @Oryx side eying it now, usually a sign it‘s done! 2y
CarolynM I couldn't get into this either. I've always meant to try again but never quite got there. 2y
TrishB @CarolynM phew....thought it was me! 2y
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TrishB
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Starting this one today for a tip toe quiet buddy read....with Caroline 😁

Caroline2 Ohhhhh yeahhhh! I started last night. I‘m loving it so far....! 👍 2y
Lindy One of my all time favourites. 😍 2y
Balibee146 Enjoy.... Great read! 😘😘😘😘 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 @Lindy @Balibee146 looking forward to getting into it! 2y
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Creadnorthey
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Pickpick

Excellent and distracting read- love the jump through time and characters weaving a full story that lucky for this reader comes to a satisfying end. Summer reading cocktail: one part “High Fidelity”, 2 parts “Fleishman is in Trouble”, a generous splash of anything Irvine Welsh- stir vigorously and garnish with a wit of time. Enjoy!

KVanRead Nice! Loved this one as well. Cheers!🍸 2y
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Mitch
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This is one of those books I feel I should have read but haven‘t..... evidently there‘s a companion volume combining out soon to celebrate 10 years. Maybe I should get around to reading it!

https://ew.com/books/jennifer-egan-visit-from-the-goon-squad-10th-anniversary/

rachelm It‘s good! A variety of forms and narrators 2y
TrishB Been on my kindle for a long time! 2y
callielafleur I reread this every couple of years. I am super excited for a companion edition! 2y
Mitch @callielafleur That‘s high praise 👍🏼 2y
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librarygoddess619
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Panpan

Ugh. I want the hours it took to read this book back! I don't see what the hype about it is all about. It's gimmicky and I didn't give a hoot about any of the characters. I'm so mad I read this whole book instead of putting it down halfway through.

LoveToReadLiveToRead Yeah, I‘m with you. I‘d been recommended by someone who had said it was one of the beat books they‘d read but it just didn‘t do it for me at all. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
librarygoddess619 @LoveToReadLiveToRead I just don't see it. I guess everyone has different tastes though! 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 67 done. #bookly

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Qpri
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Bookish breakfast! And looking forward to weekend reading 🙌

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ladygrey
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I started this my junior year of college but never finished it. Now's our time ~

Update: It appears I am not the biggest fan of Jennifer Egan's writing. I like The Keep okay but her others I've struggled to enjoy. It's probably just all going over my head 🤯

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WhiskeyMistress
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Pickpick

I liked this book overall. The different time periods and narrators made for an entertaining read. The one part I disliked was the last portion. It irritates me when authors attempt to predict the near future, as it invariably seems dated. NO ONE TEXTS LIKE THAT 😂💁‍♀️
#awardwinning #readingfromquarantine

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Peaslady
Pickpick

The goon squad refers to the passage of time and its effect on us all. I wanted and expected to return to the early characters, but once I settled into the short stories connected by threads style I enjoyed it a lot. Things got very weird at the end - a PowerPoint chapter??! - and I'm not sure the author should take up sci fi as a genre. But even despite these oddities I would still recommend it. Good for a book club read!

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canbku
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This was my first audio book ever! And i had no trouble sticking with it, but i just didn't feel particularly moved by its message or the characters. It felt gen x in a way - like everyone living their little life and whatever, shrug. Very earnest in its dismissal of earnestness.

pdever I think of myself as a listener--podcasts, radio, lectures, etc. I love them. But I have never listened to an audiobook, and would almost say I avoid them--although without any good reason for doing that. So please tell me: how was it? Not so much the book, but listening vs. reading? 3y
canbku @pdever i enjoyed it! But i had to make an effort. I have an hour-long commute and decided to dedicate one trip. By then i was invested! Looking forward to my next one. 3y
rachelm @pdever I was like you up to a few years ago, and now I‘ve doubled the number of books per year that I read by listening to some. My library rents them out digitally through the Libby app, so if I‘m not sold on the narrator, it‘s easy to return and try something different. 3y
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canbku @rachelm this is amazing. I can do it too. I can even search in the app. I don't have to go to the library website. Same app as ebooks. I love it 3y
rachelm It‘s kind of life changing lol. It looks like from your pic you have kids (I have three little ones), and it‘s been a lifesaver to listen to books while nursing in the middle of the night or while doing chores as a break 3y
canbku @rachelm exactly! I'm on book #3 this year just on my ereader. All from middle of the night nursing :) 3y
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canbku
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Maybe I'm too young to empathize with growing older and fading from relevance....or in denial. Or too anti-boomer? Time is the goon. Halfway through and I'm getting a bit bored.

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canbku
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Update on my first attempt at an audio book. Successful, mostly? It was a tough start TBH. The narrator was soothing and it was more like ASMR than my normal podcasts. However, i really have it a try and i eventually got into it. I've invested two hour long commutes and i don't regret a minute of it!

Suet624 The only audiobooks I usually like are nonfiction. They keep my attention. 3y
Smrloomis @Suet624 me, too. I couldn‘t pay attention until I started listening to non-fiction or memoir. If it‘s fiction, I have to read it 🤷🏻‍♀️. Also if the narrator bugs me, then I just give up on listening to it 😅 3y
canbku @Smrloomis It's working so far...I had to 2x the speed and that helped. It's also a good narrative of personal stories - not unlike a memoir! 3y
Smrloomis @canbku yeah, I loved this book so much! Didn‘t like the second book I read by her though, but this one I remember fondly. 3y
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canbku
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I've always preferred to read books that i can hold, but after a very successful try with ereading on my phone while nursing in the f middle of the night, I've decided to give audio books a try. Any suggestions for books that are especially good to listen to?

SamAnne I‘m like you—love the physical book. Have learned to do audio books so I can read more. But still have a hard time with most audio fiction versus non-fiction. Trevor Noah reading his Born a Crime is great. I hear Daisy Jones & the Six is great audio. I‘m listening to Say Nothing about the Irish Troubles and it‘s very good. I heard Carmen Machado‘s In the Dream House is good. 3y
canbku @SamAnne i habe heard that about the trevor Noah book so many times. It must be the real deal. There's a twomonth wait on Daisy, but it was the first one i looked up! Really want to get to that one. Very interested in reading a book set in the time of the troubles because I'm a huge fan of Derry Girls. :) 3y
Buchbeeg I'm a fan of audio books that have a bit more production. Multiple actors and sound effects, ect. I just finished Murder on the Orient Express (The Audible Orginal version) and it was awesome. 3y
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canbku @Buchbeeg oooh, good idea. I'm such a beginner on this. 3y
cathipink Some of my fave audiobooks from last year were The Hearts Invisible Furies, The Thirteenth Tale, The Other Americans, Normal People, Sabrina and Corina, and Fleishman is in Trouble. I didn't really start with audiobooks until about 18 months ago, and there are only certain types of books that work for me on audio. I hope you have fun discovering all of the great ones out there! 3y
canbku @cathipink Great list! I'm worried i won't be able to fall in love with a book as easily. Can't wait to be wrong. 3y
PSreads73 I‘ve heard Daisy Jones and The Six is a great audiobook. Has a different person reading for each individual part. I love the hardcover but haven‘t listened to the audiobook. 3y
canbku @PSreads73 it's on hold now at my library! 3y
PSreads73 @canbku Its in my top 3 favorites from last year. 3y
YaYa_Reads If you haven‘t read Becoming by Michelle Obama, that‘s a really good book to listen to. It feels like you and her are a couple of good girlfriends sitting at the kitchen table, talking about life. Only she‘s doing all of the talking lol (edited) 3y
wanderinglynn For me, audiobooks are all about the narrator. Jim Dale does an excellent job narrating the Harry Potter books. 3y
Louise Neverwhere, read by Neil Gaiman. Also, the Maisie Dobbs series is nice on audio. 3y
canbku @Louise good ideas! 3y
HeathHof I liked the tagged on audio, I don't do a ton of audio books but I love having the kindle app for when I'm trapped under my baby👶🤱 3y
Graywacke I can link you to my list of favorites. 🙂 Are you looking for any particular kind? Novels? Nonfiction? (I used to look for audiobooks that most closely resembled NPR) 3y
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy! 3y
azulaco Daisy Jones & the Six was wonderful on audio. I also enjoyed the audio of Lincoln in the Bardo. 3y
shortsarahrose The most recent audiobook I finished was Cujo by Stephen King. I‘m not a huge fan of his work in print, but I find his stories work great on audio. I also liked his book Dolores Claiborne on audio (it‘s not a horror novel, FYI, in case that matters). 3y
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EmMcKee
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This novel was mind-bending for me, and fascinating in the best way. The self-destructive characters are entirely relatable, and the way the story weaves and bobs amongst them while incorporating the music/pause theme is absolutely artistic. Great book, highly recommend.

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GrahamBarnesy
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Pickpick

Again, really late to the party. I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, their narratives, and the connections between them.

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nelehelen
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Mehso-so

3/5
I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the MCs‘ complexity through the eyes of the other characters. The narration from different viewpoints were filled with flaws that were so human that at times it made me feel uncomfortable, like I was reading about my own embarrassing and horrible past. While I admired this ability of the author, I felt the varying narratives to be confusing and jarring. I wanted more from and about the MCs, especially Sasha.

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EmMcKee
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"But Bennie knew that what he was bringing into the world was shit.Too clear, too clean. The problem was precision, perfection; the problem was digitization, which sucked the life out of everything that got smeared through its microscopic mesh. Film, photography, music: dead. An aesthetic Holocaust! Bennie knew better than to say this stuff aloud."

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Julsmarshall
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Singularly different! Loved the punk rock vibe and the variety of characters, I can see why so many people rave about this book—it has something for everyone. Listened to this on audio and I may have enjoyed it more in book form. It had many different storylines and only listening in the car on my commute meant that I went long periods between listening and that made it tricky to follow.

LeeRHarry I read this ages ago but remember loving it, glad you liked it 😊 3y
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Chars
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Mehso-so

Jennifer Egan structures this book similar to a concept album from the 70s where every song, or in the case chapter, has a unique mood. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character. The mishmash of personalities, tones, and writing styles creates a collage of a story that spans 50 years. The author has done an interview at Google (available on YouTube) that I recommend listening to prior to reading the book.

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Julsmarshall
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New audiobook!

merelybookish Loved this book! 3y
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