I am mystified by the good reviews. I can't imagine anyone enjoying or being touched by these stories. To me, they had none of the depth, subtlety, and originality of his novels. I didn't care about any of the characters except the Italian musician.
Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
The narrator who read the Italian musician was very good, but the one who narrated the supposedly comedic (not) story had no comic timing, and the one who narrated the plastic surgery story read so slowly, it made you want to scream.
I have read all of Kazuo Ishiguro's novels and am a big fan, so I was very disappointed and also angry that I had wasted my time and money on this book.
Why is there an audiobook of this and not one of his masterpiece, Remains of the Day?
I've listened to 276 books on Audible, and this is, hands down, the worst. Nothing about it works.
This book is really nothing more than Sam Spade deposited in ancient Rome--a detective sniffing out clues and avoiding thugs in the gritty backstreets of a great city. The protagonist even has a devoted and efficient female slave who fills the Effie role. The author has done a great deal of research, but, like the hero, it feels like a veneer on the story rather than an integral part of it, unlike the exquisite scholarship of "The Egyptian." The main weakness, however, is the reader. Very poor choice for the material, as he has no aptitude for character voices.
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