Kate Winslet's voice and performance are very good, but the novel itself is poor - the characters unsympathetic, the psychological theories dated, and Zola belabors many plot points. What might have once been a gripping story now seems overwrought and melodramatic.
I have enjoyed Tom Perotta's other work and I found many of the same qualities I enjoyed in his other works here - moments of wry humor, deeply flawed but compelling characters, and well crafted prose. However interesting the premise, I found the overall work unsatisfying. The story came to a somewhat abrupt end that gave me the feeling that the writer simply didn't know how to end it gracefully.
The narrator did a good job and this passed the time on a long car trip well, but I found this book a bit dissapointing.
I enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy but this one was bogged down by the introduction of several secondary characters complete with detailed descriptions of their clothing, food choices, and workout routines - and not enough Lisbeth Salander. She's fascinating, even in a hospital bed.
Simon Vance's narration was great and kept me engaged even as I groaned at the introduction of yet another new character.
Jennifer Connelly's performance is perfect. Port, Kit and Tunner can be quite unsympathetic characters at times but the story is a compelling portrait of the disconnection a generation felt after World War II.
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