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Totally overrated as the humour relates to OLD audio technology and not appealing to young readers between 18-35. How would they know what a vinyl record is or an audio tape?? Also John Cusack in the lead role was a total casting mistake forthe movie. I could only picture his damn face while reading the novel and hated that. The nuances of the English language are totally lost on American actors. This book got old very quickly in other words.
Like the book? See the movie. Like the music? Check out the soundtrack. It's all excellent.
Unfortunately I saw the movie (which I wasn't that enthralled with) first; when I finally read the book I couldn't get John Cusack out of my mind's eye. He's great, but wrong for the character.
The book is very sharp and funny and gets you inside the protagonist's head in a way the movie can't and I loved it... until the last couple of chapters, when I felt it fizzled out. Hence three and a half stars instead of four. But definitely worth reading. I laughed out loud many times!
This was one of my favorite movies when it came out, and I have seen the movie many times, but never read the book. I definitely think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I hadn't seen the movie so many times, because I totally knew everything that was going to happen. I thought the book would be a little funnier, it is definitely fresh and chock full of dry humor, but overall the protagonist comes off as the arsehole he admits that he is.
Having spent lots of my adolescent through early adulthood in a record store this is a great book.
Brilliant. One of those books that made you laugh out loud, literally. Refreshingly witty and insightful.