Darkly funny, literate and well-paced, A Carnivore's Inquiry was a pleasant surprise -- much better than I was expecting it to be. The reader was absolutely pitch perfect for narrator Catherine and did an excellent job not only differentiating the other characters, but communicating the essence of each. (In fact, this is one of the best read audiobooks I've ever listened to.)
The only negative is that there weren't many surprises, but this was due primarily to the fact that the book description was more revealing than necessary. In other words, you know where it's going, but in this case, the getting there was worth it!
I must confess that I hated this book the first time I read it and so was very pleasantly surprised to find that listening greatly improved the experience, so much so, that I've actually begun reading it again. Its true, parts are dull (catalogue of whales, etc.), but other parts are, amazingly, quite funny. I can finally see why it's considered one of the greatest of all American novels -- the adventure plot and provacative themes make for an engrossing listening experience. The only negative (hence the four-, instead of five-, star rating) was the narrator -- at times, I found his diction and tone a bit annoying.
This was a fun listen. Although the story focuses primarily on characters other than the crew of the Enterprise, it was very engaging. I was highly entertained by the well-paced plot and particularly enjoyed Anthony Steward Head's various characterizations. Well worth the price.
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