The narrator is excellent, and does a good job navigating a variety of accents.
This is my first encounter with Smith's writing. The wide spread of character types made the relationship dynamics tough to buy. The members of the Belsey (sp?) household didn't seem to share any common traits or know much about each other. The academians wore on me. Like "cweather" I found it hard to accept that the dry teacher, Howard, could be alluring to the hottest young student in the story.
There were some interesting subplots - like Carl's foray into musical study, and Kiki's development.
Just not the tale for me...
I only finished listening, because I had already logged the hours to get through the first 2/3rds.
Narrator was great.
Very fun novel, with a bit of wit & wimsy thrown in. Literary references (even for books I had not read) were cool. Should be required reading for all literature grads, to validate time spent dissecting classic prose.
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