Michael Cunningham's odd, halting narration is extremely distracting. This is one of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. This was a book club choice and I've already tried to read the book but was bored to tears. I wish I'd read the reviews before wasting my credit on this audio. Mr. Cunninham should have put his ego aside and hired a woman to record this audio. Terrible!
Maybe some books just can not be made into audiobooks? I tried to start it few times just to find that I could not follow narration. I have one hour rule - if book can not attract me in one hour I will not try to listen it more. In this book I could not care less about what's going on.
I had trouble getting into it, too much flowery description. I didn't like the narrator, even though it was the author. He was too wooden. I feel it should have been narrated by a woman. I loved the end, it made the book, I can't believe I didn't see the relationship between all the women.
The reading of this novel is so poor that it ruins the book. Phrasings and emphasis are so far off as to cause the listener to be distracted from the language. What a shame.
The one star does not relate to the quality of the writing. This book is very well written. The problem is, it is overwhelmingly a downer...very depressing. If the headlines aren't upsetting you and you want to do away with joy, this book is for you. 5 stars for misery.
Authors should almost NEVER read their own fiction. I couldn't distinguish the characters during dialogue, and in general was unimpressed with the reading as a whole.
Maybe my expectations were inflated - I was not at all impressed. Too many deep and detailed descriptions of of mundane situations. Maybe that was the whole point? I gave it 1 star only because the ending was interesting.