I can't review the book because the narration stopped me at chapter 5. I can't keep going. The narrator gets most of the blame because of the simpering tone used for Kelly - a grown up woman who is a doctor who is made to sound like an ditzy adolescent - his stilted delivery that only disappeared during the action sequences, and the fact that he managed to make everyone sound like a caricature or an idiot. I didn't like ANY of the characters because of this. But the director or editor of this audio book also needs to take the rap. The narrator could have used some direction and clearly didn't get it. And from one sentence to the next we jumped fifty years, or to entirely new characters. I'm sure in the book there would have been a considerable gap between paragraphs, and this should have been reflected in a pause. All in all, I'm disappointed that I didn't get to find out whether I like the writer.
The interwoven stories are moving and well told. The awful attempts at Scottish and American accents are very distracting, however, and the editing was especially bad at the end of each chapter - there isn't even a breath between the last sentence and the announcement of the next chapter. I stuck with it because I was so riveted by the story-line, but will probably reread the print version in future in order to fully savour the prose.
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