I've listened to probably hundreds of audio books, and I've always been able to find something that caught my attention, even if I wasn't a fan of the book. If nothing else, I'm cheap and don't want to totally lose the $$ I put into the audiobook. Unfortunately, for the first time ever this book has totally failed to grab even a little of my attention. I find myself daydreaming while I'm 'listening'. Can't say it's the narrator. Couldn't identify with the characters at all. Maybe I'll try again in a year - for sure I won't remember any of it.
Without hearing or reading it myself I could not have imagined so many adjectives and adverbs could be strung together into such a tome. Repetition for the sake of clarification or to express a fine point is one thing - repetition in this book is constant, leaving me with the impression left that the book is the result of a contest to see how many ways the same point could possibly be made.
The narration of the book was heroic. I found myself marveling at the stamina and mouth/tongue coordination displayed as Mr. Boutsikaris read the marathon run-on sentences.
I finally finished the book by simply letting the audio player run, waiting for a notable ending. (The sister's emergence was a nice touch, but definitely not as part of the wrap up of the book.) Alas I was left with the feeling that in the end Roth simply ran out of words.
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