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Your Fathers Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers ~ Audiobook Review

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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers

Published by: Knopf

Published on: June 17, 2014

Page Count: 224

Genre: Fiction

My Reading Format: Audiobook rented from my local public library.

Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio

Narrators: MacLeod Andrews with Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Rebecca Lowman, Bruce Turk, and Marc Cashman

Audiobook Length: 5 hours and 29 minutes

Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

Summary from the Publisher:

In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn’t recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn’t want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn’t answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions.

My Review

The audiobook with the longest title nominated in the Literary Fiction category is also the shortest audiobook in duration. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is the story of Thomas, a troubled young man who, in the quest for answers as to why society is failing him, begins by kidnapping Kev, an astronaut with whom he made an acquaintance with in college, and chaining him to a post in an abandoned California military base. Thomas’ early “depositions” with Kev lead to others that shed light on Thomas’ story as well as raised questions about society and its responsibilities.

Told entirely through dialog, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? was engrossing from the very beginning. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I put the first disc because I didn’t research the book at all beforehand. Knowing that Dave Eggers wrote it and that it was nominated for the Literary Fiction Audie Award this year was enough for me. When Thomas used the same method as Buffalo Bill to lure his astronaut into his van and chloroform him, I shivered and knew that this was going to be a ride to remember. Not once throughout the novel did Eggers or the audiobook cast let me down.

While this audiobook contains the work of 8 different narrators, MacLeod Andrews portrayed Thomas. This is my first experience with his work and I was one happy audiobook listener to have discovered him. His performance was enthralling. When Thomas was excited, I felt it. When Thomas was irritated during a deposition, it set my teeth on edge. When I found Thomas’ discussions with the congressman making perfect sense to me, I wondered if I had developed a touch of Stockholm Syndrome. Andrews and his superb supporting cast provide one of the most entertaining audiobook experiences I’ve encountered in a very long time. I loved this audiobook so much that I’d be interested in reading about the experience of recording it. I want to know how the team pulled it all together.

I was first introduced to Dave Egger’s writing with Zeitoun. Last year I also listened to A Hologram for the King, making Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? my third experience with his work. They are each equally good and completely different from each other. It is an understatement to say that Eggers is a talented man. With this audiobook, he has made my job selecting an Armchair Audies winner in the Literary Fiction category very difficult.

Monday Mini ~ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ~ Audiobook Review

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

Several years ago I listened to The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet and loved every second of it. I bought The Bone Clocks in hardcover soon after it was released last fall. Like most books I buy, I never got the opportunity to read it. So, when it was nominated for an Audie Award in the Literary Fiction category I was thrilled. Since my local public library had the audiobook available, I lucked out and didn’t have to buy the book twice.

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Random House ~ September 2, 2014 ~ 640 pages
Recorded Books ~ Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck ~ 24 hours 30 minutes

I very much wanted to love this audiobook. My first David Mitchell audio experience was an amazing experience. Unfortunately, The Bone Clocks did not come close to that experience. I will be the first to admit that I did not fully understand all that was going on. I felt that there was a grand plan but it alluded me. While I connected with some of the individual characters and their stories, the overarching connections and how time bent and moved within the book made it difficult for me to follow. I went back into the printed book and there appeared to be visual clues to time shifts, but this wasn’t apparent during my listen. In this case, I don’t feel that the audiobook served the story.

With the exception of Anna Bentinck, this was my first experience with each of the narrators. While Jessica Ball’s performance of the teenage Holly was difficult for me to follow and made it that much harder for me to connect with this novel, I enjoyed the work of each of the other narrators. Each of the characters portrayed by the subsequent narrators interacted with Holly in some way. At first the differences in the way that Holly’s character was narrated was disconcerting because it felt like she was a completely different woman. After listening to Crispin Hershey’s story it occurred to me that in some ways Holly was different in that it was how these other characters perceived her. For me that was the most interesting aspect of the novel.

The Bone Clocks was a challenging listen for me. I normally don’t have this sort of difficulty in audio. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed Weaveworld, a novel I found to be rather similar. I think I would have had a better experience with it had I read it in print, though I’m quite certain that it would not have replaced The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet as a favorite. This title will not get my Armchair Audies vote.

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