I really enjoyed 95% of this book, but I was extremely disappointed with the ending. I won't spoil it in case anyone wants to waste their money/credits on it, but let's just say that the author built a great "detective story" and mostly believable characters around true events, but then threw it all away with a completely irrelevant and cheesy ending. I think he found himself halfway through the story with no plausible ending in sight, so he took the lazy way out after 9/11... I was actually angry at how I was set up to enjoy the book, with no possible way to resolve the story. So much promise, so much disappointment...
Yes, there were some parts that droned on a bit and felt like history class... However, I still think the book is a good listen. It entertained me through 17 hours of jogging, errands, etc. The ratings on here seem a tad skewed because people were expecting another DaVinci Code, but that's impossible because we already know the format.
This listen was interesting for the insight into the world of fashion publishing from the point of view of an outsider - like 99.9% of the population. My only criticism is that the main character continually acted like an idiot! I remember what it was like to be a self-conscious, nervous 23-year-old, but I could not identify at all with this character. She supposedly made it through college, but couldn't speak up to defend herself once?!? As the subject line reads, I wanted to shake some sense into this girl in every chapter... I guess that means it was engaging at least. Bottom line: Good to pass the time, if you want to be frustrated at the main character for most of that time.
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