Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors, so I generally purchase her books as soon as they are made available. I don't know if Noah's Compass is any good - I'll have to read the printed book. This is the worst narrated book I've ever purchased - I've heard better from the volunteer readers at Librivox. Disgraceful. Mr Morey's narration lacks depth at all times and is particularly weak when he's reading the dialogue of characters who are female or children. He's reading aloud, there is no art to his performance.
I agree that if this had been the first of Anne Tyler's works, she would not have succeeded in a writing career. It's a dreary boring story, peopled by tedious characters. The lesson learned is to read the excellent and knowledgeable reviews before wasting money on such tripe. I'll know in future.
I thought I'd try this based on reviews...but I could not stay with this thing. I didn't much care about the characters and it just seemed so pointless. Perhaps I'm just not deep enough to to "get" it; I tried to care about this character; spent three hours trying, but finally gave up. Fast forwarded to last chapter to see if I missed anything: nope.