The writing was choppy. I often felt like I was listening to something written for a sixth grader. Also, the historical anachronisms were maddening. Spandex was not used in clothing until the 1980's, so the women at the refurbished gym would not have been wearing spandex to work out. Furthermore, steroids were not widely used in the late 1970's, and even if Nat had stumbled upon a body builder using steroids, I doubt he would have recognized this. Finally, the author herself seems to forget what she has written from one chapter to the next, often contradicting herself.
Never. He is dreadful as a narrator. Everyone sounds hateful and grouchy or whiny.
Disappointed that what could have been a compelling story was so dreadfully written and even more dreadfully performed.
Those who are considering this book should run, run, run to something else.
I purchased this book because the premise sounded interesting enough, and the reviews suggested that it might be something that I would like. However, I didn't get through the first two hours of the story. The narrator was okay, although I really hated how he read women's voices. It was the book itself that was such a disappointment. I absolutely hated the characters. This is often not a problem. I can listen/read a book with characters that I don't like, provided those characters are interesting and have something compelling about them. The characters in this story, however, were the most two dimensional creations that I've encountered in a long while. Furthermore, nothing happened. Actually, in the hour and a half that I listened, things did happen. But the things that happened seemed to drive the characters in only the most superficial ways. I mean, really, your 16 year old throw a fit and moves out of the house, and you shrug your shoulders? And while the characters had their petty, private obsessions, none of them seemed authentic within the story itself. I think that's my biggest complaint about this book: it is utterly lacking in authenticity. I won't bother with any more of this author's books. And I really wish I could get back my credit.
The narrative is tedious and contrived to the point that I know what's going to happen before it happens in the story. If I could give the book a negative rating I would. The narrator adds nothing to the story; her performance is flat and her intonationis off. Most of the male characters nearly all sound like they have a cold. After an hour of listening, I find I simply don't care about the characters or the plot. Not even the dust bunnies are enough to keep my attention. Next time I'll pay closer attention to the reviews.
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