AudioGO 2012, narrated by Steven Crossley, 12 hours
Whispersync attempt #2 – I mostly listened to this one and only twice was I prompted to the ‘currently-at’ position when I switched from one to the other. And that was only when going to the eBook from listening for awhile. When I read and bookmarked, then hopped in my car to listen, I was never caught up to the spot I should have been at in the reading.
WHY I read/listened: Our April Book Club selection. Discussion scheduled for April 25.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: I think the title says quite a bit. Except, he doesn’t really disappear. We flashback to all the crazy adventures he had on his life leading up to why he wanted to escape the nursing home on his 100th birthday.
What’s GOOD: It’s comical, it’s got dry wit. Our centenarian protagonist truly gets himself into some interesting situations and meets the most famous of politicians while not having any political opinions one way or the other – except to stay out of it unless he needs to get ‘into it’ to save his skin. He was a master of deflection and turning a bad deal into a good one. Totally unrealistic and thus very fun.
What’s NOT so good: Well, if you are not really a history buff, I suppose you could roll your eyes and be rather bored about it all, or even just in spots. It is not likely a book for someone who is not comfortable outside a favorite genre if this book isn’t OF that genre. I don’t really know what genre this is – but I wouldn’t quite call it romance. Crime thriller perhaps; historical comedy perhaps?
Caveat – it does have some romance in it, though, so I can’t discount the hooking up that happens.
Caveat #2 – I was NOT bored. I think I even learned a few things.
AND… It also has a circus animal. A bonus!
It’s a book about friendship. It’s a book about the importance not to over-react, to have a good attitude in the face of crisis, to not snap to rush judgements. And perhaps, about the importance of having a useful skill. (But that is sad to me in light of recent tragedies. The guy was an explosives expert.)
PIE mention: ~45% in, page 177 of 385: “… well, the rest would be easy as pie!” (curious; wondering if the original Swedish used this same phrase and if it was an exact translation…)
RATING: Three slices of pie. Would rate it 3.5 stars in goodreads, if they allowed that which they do not.