Fowles' novel is spectacular and the reading does it justice. It is metafiction in the guise of realism. The narrator's entries into the text and the fascinating ending contrast and play with the "truth-telling" function of traditional realism.
I'm a regular audible listener, listening to books during walks, and I extended my walks to get some extra listening time on this one.
This was the first time our daughter, almost 5, really listened to an audio book in the car without being distracted. When we stopped the car at our destination, she pleaded for more of the book. It was a bit scary at some moments, but well worth a listen. This is not the story you find in the movie adaptation and, in fact, while I liked the film, I prefer this story. The characters are funny, the humor keeps adults entertained, and there is no shortage of suspense.
I'll give this book another try in its print version since it's regarded as an important work of children's literature and I know so many people who love it. I just couldn't handle the narration, though.
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