We purchased this title thinking it would be thought provoking and spur conversation regarding who was/was not included in each list. It was quickly apparent that the author was not modern and did not write in a lively manner. Granted, his essays were intended to be read rather than heard, but the rambling definitions were tedious. If you are unfamiliar with this author's work (as we were), we strongly suggest that you read some of the essays before buying the audio file. Better to discover his prejudices at the local library than after spending $$ on an antiquated world view.
This adjective describes my emotion at having spent a huge chunk of time listening to this book...ever optimistic that it would turn a corner and become the captivating novel lauded by the masses. The adjective also describes the entire novel. "Sad" being used in the common vernacular of "pathetic." The narrator was annoying! The "twists, turns and clues" foreseeable and utterly pedestrian. I think the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries that I grew up reading offer more surprises. The only redeeming quality of the book is that it made me yearn to return to the Louvre and DaVinci's works.
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