I'm about 3/4s through.....The book is pretty good, the structure is interesting, but the narration! Otherwise, I'ld rate it higher.
Almost every character is a man, and the female narrator just sounds silly (though to be fair, some of the women she does are even worse). THE worst are the foreign accents...the corny stereotype accent of french accent, etc.
There was one, it's supposed to be british, but is more like the love-child of a cockney and an australian. At that point, I decided to enjoy it as camp. The book is interesting, but the author over does it on the adjectives and melodrama (instead of red, or crimson, it is a red the color of the red on the black widow spider, etc)
Note to the squeamish - some of the descriptions of the victims suffering, and the parts on experimentation on animals are hard to take.
I really wish I had enjoyed this more.
I'm very interested in the mitford family (i wish audible had a version of the mary lovell biography that wasn't read by an american).
This was challenging…..the parts about her family and childhood were interesting, but it's not particularly well written.
It starts bogging down with anecdotes and fleeting interactions about people who were once well known, and now are not.
"when biffy came to our house party" etc.
Then it veered in to a long account of remodeling the estate - I had to admit defeat.
nabokov is one of my favorite writers, and there are passages of "speak, memory" that are among my favorite in literature, like the recollection of his mother returning from a mushroom hunt.
But I couldn't get through this - the accent is so wrong for this.
I really tried, but it ruined it for me
truly terrible and cliched, almost a parody of a mystery.
1. though the murder doesn't happen until well into it, thanks to the title(s), there's not much suspense as to who is going to get bumped
2. each character has to loudly proclaim, within earshot of the other characters, "why…..I'll, I'll …..KILL her!
3. implausibility is ok, but this goes beyond implausibility into a realm of absurdity.
4. profanity doesn't faze me, but I found so many women being called "bitch" kinda abrasive
On the plus side, the narrator does an excellent job, at least to my american ears.
use your credit on an agatha christie instead!
While not my usual read, I thought the description was funny and gave it a try.,
It is very funny (at first) and the gross out and horror parts of it were so over-the-top that, though I'm usually squeamish, they didn't bother me at all.
But somewhere, a little bit before the midway point, it really ran out of steam and became repetitive. (I saw where it had originally been released on the net episodically, and it shows- it really could use an editor.)
over and over, you get.....
"I couldn't have known, at that moment, that my life was going to change for ever.
There before me stood a ________(Insert weird thing here), that looked like a cross between a _______(Insert slimy or horrifying thing here) slug/spider/winged bat/ with seven ten inch long _____ (tentacles/stalks/antlers) emerging from it's back, each ending in what appeared to be a ________(hand/eyeball/ear).
Strangely, it also seemed be wearing ____________(insert quirky pop cultural reference or banal household object here) a hoover vacuum cleaner/microwave oven/can of Vienna sausages) on what would've been its head. It shuddered, slightly, and then emitted a steady stream of _______ (flatulence,/bodily fluid/bodily gas product/weird sounds)"..
I really enjoyed the first part, and the narrator does a great job. It just kept going way past the point where it should have ended. After the midpoint, it felt like it was being written with the idea of making it a movie in mind.
I tried, and stuck with almost half way, but couldn't do it.
Events just seem to happen to the protagonist, who is passively thrown into one remarkable situation after another.
I think David Case is a very good narrator, I've probably listened to hundreds of hours of his narration. However.....I really don't like the american accent he does for the main character, I can't get past it, it's really off.
I usually like when the current history of the time is blended into literature, but here, it's very awkwardly done.
I really tried. I love reading the classics - the longer the better. I was swayed by the rave reviews, and the length.
I have to say, I'm baffled by the gushing reviews- it was so cornball and over the top melodramatic. I stuck it out for 4 hours, and then realized - life is too short to suffer like this.
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