have the story lead you somewhere or at least leave you with a decided impression what it was trying to say
no. the narration is absolutely beautiful and the story is detail rich and visually compelling, but it doesn't "go" anywhere. That is to say that when it's over, you're just as curious what it was about as you were when you started. Except you're a littel more depressed and quite tired of the words darkness and silence.
No, but I will not hesitate to listen to another one of his narrations because this one was perfect. In some book narrations, you can't tell the characters apart by the voices used or the reader pauses or adds inflections that don't seem to go with the story.... like the narrator didn't really know what the character was feeling or trying to say. You never get that in this story, and as wild and hopeless and deranged as some bits of it are, that is quite an accomplishment.
No. The turmoils, revelations and outcomes in it are largely internal to the mind of the main character.
I have read other ones. I may try again.
You are lied to in the story just as much as everyone else in the story, so you are never "with" the characters, you never understand what they're doing or why. You're just kind-of following along after going, "what?... why...?" And when you realize you've been lied to and that's why you're lost, it's not a great revelation and suddenly everything makes sense and it's awesome. It's more of a, "sigh, well that makes sense now. Wish they'd have told me that 6 hours ago so this would have been interesting as opposed to looong."
It's revealed half-way through the book that the main character is talking slowly and deeply to hide his speach patterns and voice. You'd never have gotten that from the beginning by reading it.
The narrator has a great voice, good cadence and inflection. There isn't much emotion in this book, but what there is you are made to feel.
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