This book was SO hard to listen to. Halfway through the book, it finally starts coming to a point, but by then I'm so bored of it. The characters all seem exactly the same, except for a few of them who are the main players of the tale. Unfortunately their names are unmemorable, and difficult to tell apart. I don't know who's who, and who's doing what, and why I should care. After listening to Tigana, I had hoped for a fantastic tale and I'm just so abysmally disappointed.
What a shame. I'm quitting halfway through the book because I just can't bear to waste anymore time on a story I can't become fully engrossed in because I can't figure out who the characters really are.
I have listened to this book painfully for 3 and half hours trying to give it a chance. During that time I can't tell you who the main characters are or what the story is about. So far the book has gone in so many directions its like going in circles with new/more characters at every turn. Sorry but this is over written and says little.
It's not terrible, but it's not riveting. Although it's a bit verbose. Get through the first third and the pace picks up while the story grows more cohesive.