A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers here recounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents' unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781449890896
Characteristics: 1 sound file (13 hr., 30 min.) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Graham, Dion
Recorded Books, LLC.

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danielestes
Dec 29, 2016

Dave Eggers' writing style is rhythmic and unconventional, almost like listening to jazz as if it were the written word. His talent is evident, and the back-and-forth musicality of the dialogue was a marvel to follow along with, but the narrative ceased to interest me after a while.

I read somewhere that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius makes more sense in the pre-selfie culture. Seems accurate. I can see where this story comes across as excessively self-indulgent given that our online world today is inundated with an ocean of amateur "look at me" tales.

JCLHopeH Jul 28, 2015

I felt like this book flew by, despite being 12 CDs worth of content (including the Preface, which oddly enough is disc #12, but still worth a listen.) The writing is honest, bold, panicked, chill, hilarious, stream-of-consciousness, and narrator Dion Graham totally nails the voice and personality of the author perfectly, making for a delightful audiobook.

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