T.C. Boyle's "Drop City" is a wonderful novel, and one that benefits from being read aloud. The author's command of the language is both masterful and inventive. It is unfortunate that this mischievous, captivating tale is conveyed through a voice both rasping and nasal. (I ended up downloading the audiobook a second time, at a higher quality recording, in hopes this would be ameliorated). In addition, the narrator employs some decidedly odd pronunciations. Granted, T.C. Boyle has an extensive vocabulary - one of the joys of reading his work, in my opinion - but I don't think it is too much to ask that "banal" and "eschew" be pronounced correctly. In spite of all this, I recommend the audiobook.
Save your money and look elsewhere for entertainment. This "novel" was a series of cliches. Go for "First Wives Club" or "Snobs" or "People Like Us" or "Scruples". This was beyond awful. Tired plot, two-dimensional characters, and so many luxury brands mentioned, you'd think the author was paid for each product placement. Spare yourself the boredom.
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