I would really love to give this book higher praise because the set of short stories had interesting plots. However, what nearly ruined the book for me (and I struggled to actually finish listening to it) was the voice interpretation of the female reader. Somehow she managed to make the women in the stories sound like whiny, weak and pathetic characters. Such a difference could have been made with just a slightly different voice! The situations that the women found themselves in, how they reacted and their dialog would have been the same, but they could have been much more likeable. As it was, I found myself wanting them to get killed just so they would shut up and I honestly don't believe that SK wrote these women to be snivelers! For a different book & weak characters the reader's voice would have been fine; but the women in the stories acted a lot smarter/tougher than they were interpreted by the voice. Too bad... in an audio book it's not just the story that makes/breaks the experience; having the reader project the appropriate personality is key.
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