This is the best book I read or listened to in 2009. The readers are very good, John Lee especially. Please don't be discouraged by the several negative reviews below. Most of these people gave up pretty early on, and the book is actually divided into five parts, each a short novel of its own.
To be fair to all those people who wrote negative reviews below (or by the time you read this, above) this one: Reading is like running, and there are all kinds of readers--sprinters, joggers, middle- and long-distance types...this book is definitely not a sprint, and it's not a casual jog, either, and you should be told that before you start. But I hope you go this distance anyway.
Gabriel Woolf, who reads this version, does a poor job. It might be fairer to say that he seems to have worked with very poor producers who couldn't be bothered to have him reread certain lines where he says the wrong thing and then corrects himself. All these errors--and there are many--are left in. Why? It would have been so easy to simply flag those moments and either have him reread them immediately or edit it out (as much as possible) after the recording was made.
The book itself is really good. If you're interested in this story, look for another version.
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