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.