Would prefer abridged version...especially if read by Charles Keating (as several of the previous Brooks' series have been). Terry Brooks has some wonderful stories. I enjoy reading and listening to them, but audio versions are improved by abridging and editing repetitive prose. As well, this narrator reads every syllable with a tad too much emphasis not allowing for more modulation.
So why am I listening? I like the series well enough to eagerly follow these characters to conclusion using my audible credits thereby not buying the recently released hardback. (The previous 2 books in the series I read in paperback.)
As noted elsewhere, read this book first; then decide if it is worth 2 credits to listen. Very much enjoyed Stephenson's Snow Crash...it seems Stephenson delivers alternate worlds for quite different audiences.
Nothing literary here, this story reminds me of the audio books that I used to share with my adolescent teenage granddaughter while driving. (Her latest request was 'The Kite Runner'; she's growing up.)
Still, having been recently left by my (adolescent) husband of 31 years (for that proverbial 'younger woman'), Ms. Samuel's novel rings true in many phrases describing the heartache of loss and betrayal that follows in the wake of infidelity. Bravo! For that there is value, a certain comfort, reminders that our difficult feelings are understood and unfortunately shared by many others.
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