I love Kingsolver's books, but I wish she would let an actor read them. She is a fantastic writer, but aside from her memoir, why not let the stories be even more enhanced by a professional reader? Someone who can do male/female, young/old; someone who can transport and allow the listener to get completely transported into the story. I found myself often distracted by this; especially the attempts to do the Caribbean accent. I mean, she is fine, but why not have a great actor read a great book?
Issues of class, culture, the environment.
She isn't a professional reader; I wish she would let others read her books. It is fine to hear at a reading in a bookstore, but her voice just really bugged me. I only finished because I became wrapped up in the story, she is a great writer.
trying to work with such mediocre material wasn't a help.
ummm, can we start with the protagonist?
unless you like to hear a comic telling bad jokes and then laughing at them--since nobody else does--don't bother.
Wonderfully written and perfectly delivered in audio format, this is one of my Top 5 Audible.com purchases ever. Witty, literate, and original in style and organization, this may not be suitable for those who prefer a stock plot, cardboard characters, and the reliable denouement at page 347 of a 375-page novel. This is short, exacting, delightfully crafted. There are few mystery/crime novels I'd read twice--and even fewer I'd listen to twice--but The Light of Day is entertaining on far more levels than the standard thriller/killer/legal tripe...The word play is clever, the lead character sympathetic/flawed/aware, and the flash-back/stream-of-consciousness thread is 100% seductive.
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