Having read the other reviews for this book, I tend to wonder whether we were listening to the same thing. Gigante mispronounces simple words with alarming frequency and attempts a number of accents doing all of them badly. In the case of one character, at times he had a Cockney accent and at other times, Scottish. I will never listen to another book narrated by him. however, the book itself is long-winded and tedious and I am now on the homeward stretch of listening to it and don't even care where it's going any more. I suspect it's going nowhere.
I was so looking forward to listening to this book after having previously listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed, "White Noise." However, I just couldn't make it through more than a few chapters of this book. It is tedious in the extreme and I decided that life is too short, and my commute too long, to have to suffer through rambling and pointless stuff like this.
Not one of Theroux's masterpieces, but it would have been fine to listen to in the car and pass time during my daily commute. However, the reader was quite annoying. He mispronounced several words such as "snooker" and "Pepys" and tried unsuccessfully to imitate various accents. My take on these audio books is that the reader is almost everything, and in this case, he killed what was already only an average book.
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