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Alm

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  • Atmospheric Disturbances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rivka Galchen
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.

    Sarah says: "Worth Listening to Again"
    "The Emperor's New Clothes"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know this book received some acclaim, but I must disagree with any positive review of this book. I feel like the little boy in the Emperor's New Clothes. After reading the book, I attended a panel discussion with the Author, Rivka Galchen. The book is neither science based, suspenseful, or even entertaining. As an exploration of memory, mind, or even madness, it is banal and rampant with pseudo science. As written from the perspective of the madman, it is not only confusing, but boring. The reader needs some reliable reference to comprehend the novel. The writing style is pretentious and silly. If you enjoy reading the 'New Yorker', you might enjoy this read. The performance of the audio book was flat, and uniteresting. Although to be fair to Malcolm Hilgartner, there would not likely be any amount of drama created by his delivery to keep you awake for this over long novel. If you would like to avoid buyer's remorse, stop now. To end on a positive note, Rivka seems to be a very intelligent, accomplished person in a variety of disciplines. This was her first book, and perhaps she will improve with practice. I will need some convincing before I read another Rivka Galchen book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I saw no redeeming qualities in this book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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