The author has an enthusiasm for weapons and their specifics that will appeal to the fetishist. The plot is predictable. The writing is limp (except in the descriptions of an 8 year old girl who squints her little eyes and runs on her little feet; although she is undoubtedly a good and admirable girl, the descriptions of her and her actions were exceedingly annoying). The geography was inaccurate (our hero drove across the Swiss border into southwest France). Mispronunciations abounded.
I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
"Ada or Ardor", written late in Nabokov's career, is a brilliant, hilarious and poignant story about two young people wildly in love who grow up to be two old people wildly in love. It takes place in an alternative world related to the one in which we live, but with interesting and peculiar differences (sort of sci-fi / fantasy). It is tricky, twisty and complicated but still lucid and and illuminating. I've read it several times over 30 years.
Regrettably, the narrator has a flat affect. I might be listening to a list of stocks and their values from the back pages of the newspaper. I found I could listen very closely - pretending there was no narrator but perhaps a computer generated voice - and then try to color the text with my own emotions. It didn't work out very well.
I hoped for a performance that recognized and illuminated the nuances of the text. It wasn't what I got. About 15% through the book I gave up.
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