Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.More
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Great novels don't always make good audiobooks
Saul Bellow's language is superb. Often a phrase or a sentence was so striking that I would stop my listening and replay it. The reader is excellent but the story is so rambling and filled with so many characters that it was hard to keep up interest.
Augie's childhood and early years were really captivating. His numerous love affairs were so self indulgent that it was hard to be interested and the Mexico sequence seemed endless.
Tom Parker is an excellent reader. He did his best to breath life into the characters. I'm sure even he must have been fed up with Augie towards the end of the book but it never showed.
No. I persevered because of the language and the reader but kept looking at how much time was left ....wishing it was shorter!
I feel this book would work better being read (at least you could check back more easily on who was who!) It is a remarkable novel but doesn't really work as an audiobook.