If you like John Irving, you'll enjoy this book. It is a very complex and long story (32 hours!) with lots of interesting characters and unexpected turns. The plot was captivating albeit a little disturbing at times (the child abuse story line is not for the faint of heart). The only thing I really didn't like was the narrator: his multiple accents were at the best annoying, in some places downright ridiculous or wrong - his German pronounciation was actually painful for a first-language German like me. He should have asked somebody to guide him who knows the language.
I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't stop listening! The story is so interesting and so well told. The narrator did an excellent job with the various different accents. Knowing that Archer spent time in prison gives the book even more credibility. Highly recommended!
I have read so many audiobooks in the last years and even though I didn't always like them, I was always able to finish. Not with this one! I barely got through the first hour. There is no plot, the intonation of the reader is annoying (mimicking a Southern accent) and it just dragged on.
This was the worst Audiobook I ever listened to. The book moved between being terribly boring and dragging - describing in great the mountain, animals and general surrounding, and being disturbing and depressing when the 'Ram' was talking in his strange tone and nonsensical words. I suffered through the entire book as I was still hoping for a change for the better, but it never happened. The end was abrupt and bizarre and didn't really close anything. I regret having spent 11 hours listening to this.
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