When I first started listening to the book I had to keep restarting it to get used to the accents and sentence structure. Even though this is written in English I felt challenged to understand the train of thought of the writer.
At about one third into the book the perspective changed. The story narration was taken over by another character and I realized that the first narrative was intentionally written in a "wandering" style to reflect the personality of that character.
Subsequent narratives were much easier to understand and to the point of the story. It is easy to see why one might stop listening to the first wordy and tedious narrative.
If you like stories to proceed at quick pace I would recommend the abridged version which I would expect to be more concise.
If that sounds good to you - you will love this book.
Otherwise, keep looking for your next pick.
The author does a very good job of character development and plot design. I agree that the actions of the psycologist were atypical but beyond that I found the story very captivating. The plot twists and turns and like a good mystery it keeps you guessing all the way. I would like to see more of this author at Audible.
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