More storyline. Fewer details re. dog kennels. More character definition. There were too many loose ends; a lot of interesting ideas that went nowhere.
Oh, the logorrhea..
There were a few good scenes scattered throughout.
Too many to count, too many pointless scenes.
It was well read, but I did not finish listening to it. The book started out well, but then it went rapidly downhill. By the time I gave up, I did not care about any of the characters any more. Maybe if each of the characters had had more of a personality I might have liked it better. Okay, in all fairness, Almondine the dog had a wonderful personality, but everybody else was a bit flat.
I found it hard to listen to. The stream of consciousness style and the ultra short chapters in the latter part of the book are probably easier to digest on the page. For a while it is as if you are listening to single sentences separated by chapter numbers, rather distracting. It is one of those books that I would read at various speed, i.e. some parts of it I would linger over and others I'd flip through. Very different from Smith's other books, more experimental in form, imho. That said, I am thinking about getting it as a book from the library to see if I like it better that way.
My current listen is Augustus by Anthony Everitt.
Dunno. The book as such is probably hard to perform. That said, she did a wonderful job of switching from one dialect to the next, and made many of the characters come alive.
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