- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Rype
- Audible.com Release Date: November 20, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GSLB8AG
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Hyperbole: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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If Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller and, on a lesser sense, David Sedaris would somehow have a threesome, then Ryan Parmenter would be the literary offspring: his brand of humor would remind you of the other greats, but you staggeringly recognize Parmenter’s distinction. This is most powerful in ‘Hyperbole’—who knew some huge catastrophe could provide a setting for a terrible, yet powerful “looking glass” for humanity—one in which we can see our follies and, if we’re smart and self-aware, laugh at them, too. If we are honest, we’d admit to being able to deeply relate with, for example, Harland—but then again, the book is populated with a motley crew of characters who, in many ways, served as compelling “vehicles” for Parmenter’s satire.
Overall, my only regret with ‘Hyperbole’ is I would have loved it to continue endlessly, so that I’d have something to look forward to reading as I start my day. Parmenter’s comic genius lies not in the obvious, but in the interstices of the pedestrian and absurd, which makes his own brand of literature much more effective in leaving our jaws on the floor. If there’s any book you’re thinking of reading today, make it this book—and prepare to be bowled over. A solid five-star rating for this one.
I started off expecting fun and games and ended up drowning in the main character's world as he sees it. It may not be for everyone since the atmosphere emerging from the character's thoughts is so powerful in its sarcasm and cynicism that you may wish to stop reading simply to re-arrange your own thoughts about your own life and fervently identify which is yours and which belong to Harland.
The element of alternative history was a pleasant surprise and the world it build around it sparked with credibility and veracity, speaking for our own world tons.
And all the while I found myself wondering if all of it was nothing more than Harland's imagination or subconscious dream world.
I repeat, this may not be for everyone. It has violence, some sex, a lot of drinking and smoking (the bong type), but none of these elements are why I say this may not be for everyone.
The mood is dark. It is funny like a dark comedy, but still, dark. You will feel sad, hopeless, depressed and forced into cynical introspection.
The plot moved beyond it's promised pace. I think my expectations played a big part here. I didn't expect the plot to go to many places or actually have a sturdy structure. I was lulled into compliance and a sense of 'safety' for the first few chapters, curious about Harland, entertained by his imagination, convinced I was deep inside his psyche and content with it's entertaining value. Then at a steady, proper pace, the story emerges, plot building itself up and I didn't even notice. There's mysteries everywhere that demand to be solved and questions you ask that when answered, bring forth even more questions.
It was a smooth ride for me. Meaning that I cared about Harland and Rena without forcing myself to. The story evolved and unfolded at optimum velocity. It was smooth because never once have I questioned the veracity or logic of something. I may have speculated about some things but that only deepened my experience. I was there. It was happening. I felt what Harland felt and his thoughts infected mine even when I wasn't reading. Such level of immersion is rare and so powerful.
Great read. One I'll probably re-read a year from now because I am pretty sure I'll have a new take on it and I can't wait to see what Future Me will think about it.
I recommend it. You'll look at your life differently because of it.
If you read “John Dies At The End”, you get a sense for how Ryan Parmenter creates flowing narrative with outlandish humor that just makes sense at times, and at others just pummels the senses. It’s almost as though my friends were captured in our college years and we wrote a novel. It doesn’t feel pretentious, it isn’t heavy handed, it’s real, raw, and definitely like Irvine Welsh’s books, only a bit more simple, if that can be a term used here.
I loved the book, it’s raw, it’s telling, it’s daring. You’ll find it funny, and enjoyable. It is honest, that’s about as good as I can describe it to you without getting too much into the plot and twists. It’s just enjoyable, raw, adult fun. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets optioned for a movie.
The characters themselves, while being unique to each other, are hilarious and most of the times easy to relate to. Even though their thoughts are sometimes strange or twisted, I started to realize that, yeah, I think those things as well... Overall the book gives the reader a whole different aspect on situations or feelings. Totally loved it! Another book soon maybe?