Rudd is just perfect for this book. This is one of those books I truly cannot imagine without her voice.
Its simplicity. The plot can be distilled into two or three bullet points, and this helps focus the entire experience on the characters, the situation, and their relationships.
In the best audiobooks the narrator becomes a living character, and this book is an ideal example of that.
I am still new to the audio experience, so perhaps I was overexcited by this particular novel. But, damn, did I ever love this! Maybe I missed the structural criticisms (of the novel itself) I found on Amazon b/c I was seduced by Holter Graham’s fantastic narration -- but, honestly, I don’t think so. This is simply a great contemporary novel.
Story, character, plotting, structure, themes, writing, and narration all work well together. It may have some challenging themes and characters for some, but I found it to be a beautifully rendered story. As many have said, it is not really a novel about sports. However, at the same time, it very much is. Having been a very successful athlete in my younger years who experienced a crisis of confidence at one point, I can say that I have never encountered a truer rendition of said experience.
I would recommend this novel for lovers of Michael Chabon, Richard Russo, or Tom Perrotta.
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