Gridlock Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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He combines passionate espousal of a cause with the machine-gun narration of a stand-up comic, peppered with good jokes and with the energetically managed, funny and violent action of a manic strip cartoon (Ned Sherrin STANDARD)
Leaves you wondering why our more up-market novelists can never be bothered to write about something as obviously important, topical and politically resonant as the nightmarish growth of the motor industry (GUARDIAN)
The book is stuffed with funny lines and the lot is more gripping than any tyre advertisement. (New SCIENTIST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
* Everybody wants to unblock the traffic jams of our towns and cities - or perhaps they don't... A highly-charged, exciting thriller from the author of STARK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This must rank as one of the worst books I have ever read - despite Ben Elton's obvious talent.
The plot is silly, the action is just not credible, the characters were one dimensional and the style was irritating.
I enjoyed "First Casualty". In that book, perhaps Mr Elton moved away from the superficial to something serious, and was successful there.
"Gridlock" must have been bought by a publisher as they knew that the Author's name would sell copies, whatever the quality. If he'd submitted this anonymously, it would certainly have ended up, quite correctly, in the bin.
First let me say, I am an Ben Elton fan. I absolutely love Elton's obtuse and over the top descriptions. To my mind they are some of the funniest aspects of his writing, and this book abounds in them. Along with witty one liners and some very descriptive physical humour for good measure, this book excels. I actually found myself apologising to people for laughing out loud on the train or in the lunch room at work. Fortunately, I was reading at home at one point in the book which caught me so violently by surprise that I actually swore out loud too.
The hero's of the story are fleshed out enough that you feel an empathy toward them, especially when you realise that they were not what you expected, with their differences introduced almost as an aside, which makes them all the more attention grabbing.
My only criticism, and it is a very personal one, is that I was reading this book as someone who moved from Suffolk to the Australian "bush", and grew up with the nearest town of any size being almost 200km away, with non existant public transport.Read more ›
It is a long book, but it is worth it. As with much of Ben Elton's material, it is not only designed to be funny, but also informative. Much of "Gridlock" is very insightful. The leading character, as he is not physically like Mr. Elton, has an insight that I would have assumed that would have only come from a person in a similar predicament. But he is only one example of this skill, and "Gridlock" is full of other, similar examples.
The book is slow to start, but if it had started any quicker, then the whole suspense would be lost, and the character personalities would not be explored. Ben's sharp wit means that the characters feel very "real". The middle of the book is very much giving the plot some depth. It adds under-currents and over-tones that seem almost irrelevant at the time. Then the conclusion leaves you guessing and re-guessing as to what is going to happen. This adds tension, confusion Mr. Elton does not leaving any "lose ends", which when considering the plot, is an impressive job. He even brings in undercurrents at this late stage, and still deals with them admirably!
Definitely a good buy, if you like your thought being challenged and you like a successful mix of intelligent and crass humour!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whimsical characters and over the top action set in a world that feels all too real and too boring, it's a clash of comic book antics and preachy reality and it doesn't work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. Joslin
This is dark humour at its best... you really want the hero to win... but there is a shocking twist in store for you.Published 8 months ago by 2shydancers
A great book, you will laugh from the beginning to the end of this bookPublished 12 months ago by Margaret
Couldn't put it down. Like the fact that all Ben's books are completely different. Haven't read a duff one yet although 'High Society' is my favourite so far. David.Published 23 months ago by David
Ben Elton at his best - good story, humorous and could not be put down.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a laugh.