I purchased the book to listen to on a long car trip. It held my interest and I found it enjoyable overall. However, I DID NOT like the narrator and would hesitate to purchase another booktape with him as the narrator.
This is a well-woven story with rich characters. The blend of cultural references that manage to span decades, along with the excellent word-painted descriptions make the story an excellent way to pass a long drive.
I had high hopes for this but it was quite disappointing. I had expected some intrique instead it just seemed to plod along with no real highs or lows. I remember thinking I hope it would just end.
A decent plot cluttered, as others have noted, with extraneous "filler" details. However, I was distracted by several egregious errors in grammar. Was it the book editor, the reader or the audio editor - not sure, but not good.