This is a clever little book, kind of Dexter for YA, but the narrator is so so wrong I could barely listen to the story. So on on level was not well spent.
He simply sounds like a grouchy older guy, not al all like a teen. It was a complete mismatch, for which I guess the publisher is to blame.
The narration is really poor. The narrator tries to do voices, but all his voices either sound the same or are laughable. In a book about an African-American president, I thought all the voices sounded African-American and thus could not tell them apart. And the women's voices were particularly bad- like men in a very bad cross-dressing skit. More annoying was the narrator's tendency to put the emphasis on phrases like "he said" in an odd place and thus make this filler phrases jar the listener every time. Then we have the problem that Wallace's book has not aged well at all. It's that 1960's thing where a white man is altogether too self- conscious and preachy in his writing. Also, even for the time the women characters were all weak, man-crazy or man-desperate, and entirely too dumb and tentative to be working in the white house or entertaining senators. The plot showed signs of being laughable even given the historical period in which the book was set. I tried to listen to it, but had to return it after an honest effort.
for it's time the book was a groundbreaking rumination on having a black president. I remembered it fondly which is why I tried it now.
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