I really enjoyed this. It is, I suppose "chick lit", but it's definitely in a league above the usual trite stories and simple language of much of the chick lit genre. A wonderful glimpse of Ireland, great author, perfectly narrated. Very worthwile.
The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, and after two hours of listening I didn't find enough mental stimulation to care about them or the story. Some of it is so ridiculous as to be downright laughable. For example a pious young woman unaware her body is subconsciously rubbing the kitchen table for pleasure! C'mon, who believes that?!?
There is some historical fiction thrown in, but the author has so little credibility with me, I'd infinitely prefer to read nonfiction for my history lessons.
The narrator throws in an [over]dose of melodrama, and has an annoying higher pitch he uses for female characters which makes them seem like parodies since the voice is still obviously male. The Pullitzer Prize made a bad call on this one. Don't waste your time or money.
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