I really really enjoyed The Leftovers and was looking forward to listening to more by Tom Perrotta. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it very far with this book because of the narration. I can't even say it was the narrator, I think it was the way it was recorded. It seems to be recorded with a fantastic super sensitive microphone, which means the narrator's mouth noises are very loud. It was extremely distracting for me. I normally roll my eyes when I read a review like this, thinking to myself "it's an audiobook, what do you expect," but this is bad. Every smack and every swallow is in fine resounding detail. About 30 minutes in he starts to whistle on every inhalation. I wonder why they don't edit those things out? Sadly, I couldn't get past this issue and had to quit listening. I think I will try it in print next time.
This is an amazing book! It is so good, in fact, I don't quite know how to express it. The story is wonderful, full of suspense and a touch of horror. Several times during the listen I found myself comparing this story to Stephen King's books. I know those are some big shoes to fill, but she does it masterfully! I look forward to reading more from this author!
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