If you're looking for an audiobook with a single story that continues and builds to a climax, "Let The Great World Spin" may not be for you. Where this book excels is in the narration. Rather than a single narrator reading many characters throughout the whole book, each chapter is presented from the perspective of a different character and is narrated by a different actor. Some are better than others (Middle-aged prostitute "Tillie" is phenomenal, while 18 year old computer hacker "Ben" isn't very convincing as a young, lovesick geek), but all give the book a unique perspective.
Rather than a main story that builds as the book goes on, "Let The Great World Spin" attempts to illustrate how, weaved around a single day, a diverse cast of characters touch each others lives, sometimes without even realizing.
The story of teen isolation and awkwardness is one that most of us can relate to and sympathize with. The production with many different narrators embodying their characters wonderfully is engaging and fun. Well done!
The subject mater of the audiobook, a journalist going through culinary school, is very interesting. However the narrator, as most of the other reviewers have pointed out, makes it very difficult for this audiobook to be engaging. I listen to audiobooks as I'm driving long distances to try to keep myself awake, alert, and entertained. I found myself being droned to boredom by the narrator's monotone, seeming lack of interest, and apparent lack of knowledge of the subject matter.
All the "characters" sounded the same. While many audiobook performers create different "voices" for different characters, this presenter made no effort to differentiate one character from another, which made it very difficult to keep track of who was "talking".
I was also very surprised at the careless production. Again, as other reviewers pointed out, there were awkward pauses, missed edits, and a silted pace in parts. What were the producers and editors doing the whole time, eating??
With a better narrator, this could have been a very engaging audiobook.
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