This book has many problems, not the least of which is the irritating writing style of TC Boyle. After I picked up on it my eyes rolled ever time he started on one of those seemingly interminable lists of descriptors. They go on and on, it's pure torture. If this not the worst book I've gotten on Audible, it's close.
This was a big disappointment, having heard how great the book is. "Greatest novel ever written." But why? I liked the delightful naturalistic observations of plants, light, subtle details. But there were two problems: Charles is so dull, and Emma is an unsympathetic, uninteresting character. She is beautiful and superficial. I never engaged with her at any level, never cared what she did, what happened to her, had no empathy or interest in her. And certainly there was little else to do after that--the towns and other characters are of no interest either.
I loved both the book and the reader, Kate Reading. This may be my favorite book so far on Audible. The writing tends toward the intelligent, concise and wise, but then there are those inscrutable parts I could never discern. It's moving too, now that's different for me, to care so much about characters. Dorothea is a gem for all time. What a wonderful, wonderful book this is. I want to get more George Eliot and more books by Kate Reading.
The book could use major editing. It's an odd thing to have someone with a sort of Scottish accent reading this book, but I did get used to it. There were a dozen or more misspeaking events that went uncorrected. And a couple times a clunking sound came thru from the studio.
Excellent in every way, except for the music, which I would lose.
I was able to finish this only through determination, not enjoyment. It's tedious, overblown and downright boring. A highly repetitious account of a drunk trying not very hard to kick his habit.
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