The narrator spoke so slowly and with such great care, with a slight twang that it felt like he was sending up the genre. Imagine a movie set in the 50s with a door-to-door salesman making his pitch - sheesh!
People buy you? - I am so grateful that Audible let me return this so I didn't have to buy it!
I read glowing reviews of this book and was excited to listen to a time traveling story set in Paris.
The concept is really good, in my opinion, but the writing is weak, the narrating terrible, even the sound quality of the recording is poor.
I would like to think that anyone setting a book in Paris in 1959 would have done enough research to know not to describe the men as wearing bowlers, the women wearing pantyhose (while invented in 1959 they weren't generally worn til the mid-60s)
In addition, there are smatterings of French thrown in - the main character describes a perfect French accent, but the narrator has clearly never heard one.
I only made it an hour and a half in and threw my hands up in frustration.
I tried this one because I enjoyed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay so much.
It was a pleasure to hear him tell his stories, in his own words - his life experience that helped shape that magnificent story.
The only thing I didn't really care for was the "series of short stories" aspect of it. Why I expected a solid through-line or a planned out story arc I don't know, other than I really admired it in his other book. I will certainly be checking out his other books, but eventually - not right away. I need to be ready to hear about another terrible death of a dog.
I would try another book by Brian Selznick but never again one narrated by Jeff Woodman
The narrator nearly shouted as much of the story as I could bear to listen to.
The story was fine
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