At 31 hours, this is a long book. It's mostly a coming-of-age novel, set in the first world war... but that doesn't begin to do it justice. Ultimately, it is a book about beauty, love, and finding meaning.
The narration is wonderful. Parts of the book do drag at times, in part because it is long and in part because the author repeats themes, but I am very glad to have listened to it. It will provide food for thought for some time to come.
Mary's husband here... Long-time Nero Wolfe fan. This is, in my opinion, the best of the Nero Wolfe novels. However, the performance aspect was marred by two things: First, the narrator is not good at making different characters _sound_ different. Second, the audio quality is somewhat muffled and nowhere near the quality of more recent recordings.
I'd really like to see these books get re-recorded.
OK, this is Mary's husband.
This is the second time I've listened to this book in the last 3.5 years, and it's fabulous -- I laugh uncontrollably. It probably helps if you're an ex-University rat, but the narrator is wonderful -- dry, ironic, with perfect timing. I love Richard Russo's work but I wish they had used Sam Freed for his other books.
Right up there with Lucky Jim as one of my favorite books.
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