I read the NYTimes review of this book and even though it was a mediocre-good judgement, I looked forward to reading this book. I'm regretful I chose the audio version. I am not enjoying this narrator. Her delivery is staccato and her tone is sarcastic. The writing itself could wryly speak the humor and irony if recording didn't give me a such headache.
The story, the writing and the performance make this easily one of my favorite audiobooks. As soon as it was finished, I listened to it again. After a second listen, I purchased the book and am now reading it. Markus Zusak is a wonderful writer and Allan Corduner delivers him well.
I was intrigued by the publisher's summary and thought it an interesting idea for a story. After listening I would say the same, the book itself is a good idea for a story that did not materialize. There was very little substance overall and I would say any true developments were entirely predictable. By the middle I was looking forward to finishing it and now I question why I even bothered.
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