Interesting, vivid, and moving stories of a culture I did not know much about. They kept me engaged and wanting to know more.
The narrator was fine. I agree with previous reviewers about the other problems. The bizarre and intrusive inclusion of random music in the stories, even in the middle of a section of dialogue, was incredibly annoying and confusing. Also, there is not enough space between the stories, certainly no more than 2 seconds. There is no time to reflect on the story, or to let it breathe before the next one starts. Sometimes I wasn't sure if it was just a pause in the current story. I would dive for the pause button but always too late. This really detracts from the power of the stories.
I would recommend that people read this the old-fashioned way. The stories are not well-served by these production choices. They deserve better.
I love Jane Smiley and have read many of her books. Clearly this wasn't one of her best, and the slow narration didn't help.
This wasn't Ruth Ann Phimester. This is narrated by a man.
I tried to get into it. I started over several times today. In addition to having a mystery narrator, the pacing was slow and I couldn't stay interested.
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