This book has classic - must read status. I don't believe it deserves this distinction. Clearly it was controversial subject matter when it was written. And the premise of the book is interesting. But mostly it's just boring and a big waste of time. But I'm not an academic or a scholar so I could be completely wrong. I had to struggle to listen to this book to the end. I read the SparkNotes for the story and tried to get into it and to understand the characters and the story. It just didn't work for me.
If ever you would tire from listening to what is arguably very lovely prose, it would be listening to this book. I found myself talking to the player begging the narrator to get on with the story -which turned out to not be one.