Rushdie;s telling his autobiography in the third person.
His inability to see how he contributed to horrible interpersonal problems.
The feeling that most of the time he was in hiding he made lists of people wh supported him and those who did him wrong
The narrator's "voices" as he does 'characters' is just awful, It continuously yanks you out of the story and back to the fact that you're listening to an audio book. Especially disturbing as he imitates Marianne Wiggins, Rushdie's wife, but it is universally oafish
Ugly portrayal of his wife.
If Rushdie had written in the first person, he mght have realized how whiny he sounds in much of the book
Overall, the characters' behavior is too illogical and impetuous. They behave in inexplicable ways and in the end, the novel falls apart because you have to think, "No, she wouldn't do that" or, "He wouldn't say that"
I thought Emma Galvin was one of the more successful readers I have heard.She is consistently clear and doesn't try accents or "voices". You can easily follow a conversation that different characters are speaking, but it isn't because of "ACTING!".
I am not a huge fan of speculative fiction. This novel had received such interesting notices in advance, that I was intrigued. Having completed this, I am less likely to attempt more of it.
I was too happy to leave California in the dust. And I live here. There was a lot of potential that was left unfulfilled. I kind of feel that the novel was rushed and could have used more time to have been developed and the characters to be fleshed out/ made to behave consistently.
Honestly my problem is with the book, not the recording
It is hard to know what the problem is with this--writing? performance?.
The sort of "folksy" writing veers into the ridiculous. While the plot is theoretically interesting, the phrasing veers into pomposity so frequently that it is impossible to stay with the story.
I've heard so much about Koryta and this book in particular, I was very excited to see for myself. I cannot understand why anyone who cares about writing was interested in this book.
So over the top. The voice of the villain is ridiculous. While he can handle the "normal" characters, when he goes into the the villian's voice it is so incredibly ludicrous that it makes it nearly impossible to listen to the book.
Laughably bad. Trite, predictable.
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