The narration was fine, but the story was slow and plodding. So much detail was put into these tangents that never came to much that I was exhausted with every hour. The reviews for the book were great, but it was not anything like what it was marketed as.
It could do with some serious editing. I was expecting more mystery and darkness, as it was toted as a Gothic infused novel, but it was just snobbery and old money. There were aspects that definitely could have used more detail and focus, while hours could have been saved shaving off parts that were unimportant to the story.
I had no issue with the narrator. His voice seemed quite appropriate for the job.
I will say that this book inspired me to delve into more Upton Sinclair and Jack London novels, and to explore some history of the time.
This was my first time reading Joyce Carol Oates, and I've seen that many people said that this is not the book to start with. I would agree. I will give another of her novels a try, and hope for better.
This is the best narration I have found! I was already a fan of his work, but he brings life into a story that I thought I could never enjoy (having tried multiple times to read, but failing miserably).
His storytelling ability shines here. When simply reading the story I was not compelled to continue, but his passion brings out the undertones of struggle that I missed in paperback form.
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