I was not at all hooked. Expected not to be able to put it down and it put me down.
I don't even remember the narrator, the story made me forget.
I really enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy and have been looking forward to this one for over a year now.
Now I'm not even half way through and close to setting it down. On the one hand, it seems much more tendentious than the former ones (ok, it's not objectivity that we look for, but if you don't think JFK was God, you may get a bit alienated with this). In any case, this is not the main problem with this audiobook.
Anyway, I never loved the narrator in the other two volumes, because he kind of sounds like he is lecturing you, but when he is reading an explicit sex scene it becomes utterly ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I'm really no prude and love good erotica. I just don't really see how it fits in this kind of book and ESPECIALLY NOT WITH THIS KIND OF NARRATOR!
He should have kept it up like in the other volumes. Private lives of the characters do make the novel, but the hard nipples and swollen penises just don't fit the genre.
He was OK for the other two, but not reading supposedly erotic scenes.
I'm giving it another couple of hours. If I keep feeling the same, I'll definitely return it.
The book is nothing else than expected. The literary equivalent of a tragic chick-flic, conservative and judgmental. There were a lot of more interesting twists to this thousand-times told story. There is the guilty good wife, the spotless clean husband, the mean old bitch, and the ruthlessly judgmental environment of the American suburbs (which is totally believable).
Despite the shortcomings, I give it three stars in story for two reasons: the first part of the story describes the emotional state of a cheating wife with scary accuracy (sometimes with a touch of exaggeration, but the way it must feel); secondly, precisely because the story is so predictable, as it develops it's hard to believe that it actually goes just as you expected, so that in the end it was hard to put down because I could not believe that the author would just not separate from the expected plot.
It is usually great to have authors as narrators, but Jane Green couldn't speak slower and it made me anxious. I ended up listening at 1.25 and it improved exponentially. At that speed her voice sounded normal. I think I would have ended up putting the audiobook down otherwise.
The object of the protagonist's sinful desire could have been more believable. The awesomeness of that character seemed to me as judgmental way to justify the shortcomings of this suburban "wife-like-me". The author did not need to make it a gorgeous young zillionaire to make us believe he could arouse the feelings and obsession of the main character, it actually gives it the glow of a Disney fairytale. Everyday, nice middle-aged wives get entangled in very similar affairs with other middle-aged, middle-income and average looking guys-next-door. The model girlfriend of the super-millionaire was the cherry on top of an already unbelievable character.
If you are looking for soap-literature, this is an entertaining option.
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