If you like Jane Austen and are looking for something funny and engaging, I think you may enjoy this. The dramatisation works very well and the actors are uniformly excellent.
I want to start over again immediately, a novelty for me. I want to read it as well - and that is a first.
I was greedy and listened to this book practically non-stop. Now I want to re-listen, because I want to go back to the early pages, which impressed me as I heard them, and hear them again knowing how they illuminate all the rest of the story. The connection and comfort of his mother, the disaster - what occurs and how vividly it is described. The bleakness of the Los Vegas section - there is something I want to hear again in every earlier portion of the book, and by the time I finish I'm sure I will be ready to hear the ending portion again as well.
Theo, the narrator, is a great character and it is wonderful how the author keeps you learning more about him throughout the book. She doesn't wind him up with a description and let him go. But Boris is also a favorite, written with such charm, humor and refusal to fit a stereotype. I enjoyed every scene he was in and hoped he would come back in the periods where he was missing.
I have not heard any other performances but I liked this one. He made some characters sound a little precious, but I think that was probably appropriate for them.
This book is incredibly satisfying. I slowed down my listening at the end because I really wanted to savor it. I listen a lot and rarely review, but this book thrilled me. Maybe I hang out with too many posers, but I keep hearing how novels are over and that depresses me. So I am incredibly happy to have found this wonderful, complex, funny, sad and modern novel.
I had this version on tape years ago, so I decided to try a different one on Audible. It was good, but I really missed the quality of Irene Sutcliffe's narration and downloaded this one again. She does a great job establishing the voices of the different characters and she seems entirely comfortable with the language of the period. This is definitely the version I would recommend!
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