Without the audiobook, I would never have attempted to read the book, and even if I did, I couldn't have brought as much to it as the narrator. Few realize how funny as well as insightful it is.
Charlus is both the figure of fun as well as a historical anomoly and Neville Jason milks him for all he's worth--and more.
Listening to Jason is like rejoining an old friend over a glass of brandy after a wonderful dinner. The stories, the digressions, all are first rate.
At 24+ hours, it's too much. I listen during my commute and the time in the car flies by.
For those who have only heard of, wondered about, and might be intimidated by the heft and the reputation of the novel, this are the best way to go. The insights into human nature are timeless. The abridged versions are worthless, since plot is the least of the charms.
Like so many audiobooks, it forces you to take it more slowly and savor the good (or bad) writing. I would have liked it 3 hours shorter, but it was good fun
His female characters were awful in some earlier books--I had to stop listening to Marriage Plot because they were as whiny and untruthful as Jim Dale's Hermione in the Harry Potter books. Pittu redeems himself with a marvellous assortment of accents, characterizations, and understanding. He richly deserves his accolades for this.
Unfortunately too believable
It stays with you after it's over
He does them all well, which a quite a feat for an author. I had no idea he had such skill. He avoids the pitfalls of doing women's voices as an impersonator rather than an inhabiter.
Who really is our own worst enemy?
The silken elegance offsetting the horror and suspense are terrific.
Some books are better on paper or Kindle--ones where you can easily skim over the padding of introduction and constant repetition of simple points. Did you know sometimes people lie with their faces?
Shorter or more details insights faster in the text.
I can't tell if the book drove the performance, so depends.
Annoyance and disappointment it wasn't edit better and more substance put it.
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