Like I said I didn't finish listening to the book. This is for two reasons: First, as mentioned by other reviewers, the narrator takes away from the story. I mostly had a problem with the accents and the voices for the male characters. Otherwise her performance was fine. Second, the story is soooooo slow to take off. I've started on this book several times and give up after a couple of hours because I am just so bored with the characters and the plot. This last time I stopped almost four hours in and there are no sparks of curiosity or interest for what may happen next. There is only a dread for what seems to be inevitable romantic debacles.Then again I may be wrong, but I'm not going to listen through the whole thing to find out.
The story itself is a fun listen, but in almost every chapter there is an editing mistake where the narrator will say the same sentence twice in different intonations. A couple of times it was clear that she had read the sentence incorrectly and had to do it again. Other than that it is a good summer listen.
Honestly I have stopped listening to this book and I'm only half-way through. So.... to be fair it might pick up later, but after 10+ hours I give up. I find Jim Henson to be a fascinating person, however this book describes his life down to the most minute of details. It reads like a textbook and is unfortunately quite tedious.
Also the author points out ad nauseam that Jim Henson wasn't just about the Muppets. It seems that sentence is said every ten minutes. I really wanted to like this book but just can't seem to get hooked.
I listened to the whole book because I could not believe that with the good ratings it had it could be as predictable as it was. The story begins well with possibilities to keep the reader in suspense throughout, but it all falls through quickly and ends up being really disappointing. If I could have given it a zero rating I would have.
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