This book was disgusting from start to finish. Main character has little to no redeeming qualities what-so-ever. From wallowing in self pity to wallowing in filthy habits this book is a waste of time. I had read some Roth before but based on this book and the very bad taste it left in the ear will never read or download one of his ever again.
I have stopped downloading any books narrated by Scott Brick. I would rather read the hard copies than suffer though his stilted and affected version of reading. He seems to have a big following which is not shared by all the reviewers on Audible. His inflections and tonal qualities are very repetitive and annoying, seems to end most sentences with explanation points and is more concerned about the importance of his voice than the actual story line or characters in the stories. Many great authors and stories on Audible have been ruined by having Scott Brick narrate them.
If you are expecting the fast paced and exciting listening of the Neal Stephenson that wrote Snow Crash or Diamond Age, don't waste your time and money on this volume. This is the first audio book I have been unable to finish due to extreme boredom and wish it had been radically abridged. The narrarator and narrative immediately reminded me of Charles Dickens novels with some spicer language in rare paragraphs. However Charles Dickens is easier to follow and is more intertaining to listen to than this rambling attempt at historical fiction. The extreme detail of surroundings, internal dialoge,lack of active plot or dialoge, artifically "cut" pages is nothing like Neal's previous novels. Should have been titled "Molasses in Tar". Would hate to see other volumes in this vein.
As a reader/listener of Stephen King's books and especially the Dark Tower series I listened to a most excellent narration by Robin Miles. I would read anything she narrates. I thought the writer Tananarive Due was kinder than King to kill off one of the main characters in chapter 1 before getting the reader to identify with and despise the sudden death. She then did a very good job of building characters you would hate to see come to harm. King's blood bath style is there in the mid to end sections.
However this story is full of twists and turns and doesn't have the unfair Cujo ending that King first alarmed readers with. Higly reccommend this as an audible book that will keep you awake on the road.
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