My sister gave me this series of books (printed) years ago, and I never got around to reading them. I think it was because the cover art looked so pompous. However, in searching for titles read by the estimable Simon Vance, I came across them, and thought I would give a listen.
I am so glad that I did. I love the writing, which is witty, literate, and interesting. I love the narration. Simon Vance is one of the best vocal actors around, with the ability to create specific individual voices for a multitude of characters.
As others have said, the plot is dilatory, but what do you want from an epic that spans the greater part of the 20th century from the point of view of a callow youth as he, along with the century, grows and develops.
I will definitely purchase the next three sections--though I am stretching it out over a few months, because already I don't want it to end.
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