Basically liked the book but I agree with a previous review - a lot of the time it seemed like promotional material for Harvard Business School. Plus the tie-ins were a little forced. It was interesting enough but it's certainly not a manual for opening your own business. Wasn't crazy about the reader: his pronunciation of "entrepreneur" got on my nerves - and the word crops up a lot!
While the story meanders it always brings you back. The characters are all so engaging you want to keep listening to find out what happens to them - improbable as some of that might be. Doesn't matter! (as Borys/Boris might say). The narration is superb: instead of a cartoon version of Russian/Ukranian/Polish David Pittu brings the characters fully to life. I think I prefer this book on audio rather than reading it and that's saying something.
I'll admit what initially attracted me to this audiobook was the tremendous volume (46 hrs 50 minutes!) for the tiny price (1 credit) but after finally finishing it I wish I could have my one credit back. This was the most redundant novel I have ever encountered. It crossed my mind many times that the author must have left the work for extended periods and, upon returning, continued writing without reading what he'd already wrote. Unfortunately for the reader we'd been there all along and didn't need yet another repetition of speech, thought or action. Would have been a better read had it been condensed down to seven hours instead of forty-seven.
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