Phil Gigante was a bad choice for narrating this multi-character story set in North Carolina. His rural southern accents were often caricatures, but the major problem was his voicing for women. Serena sounded like a drag queen imitating an evil aristocrat, and Rachel -- a very strong female character -- sounded developmentally disabled. For me, the reading almost ruined a good book.
Disjointed and shallow. It's as if your well-meaning grandmother developed a late-life enthusiasm for sustainability, and excitedly told you about every article she runs across. The science is superficial, and at least some of the ideas she presents have been proven impractical. Worse, Ackerman never uses one word where ten will do. Her plummy style -- every noun modified, preferably at length, often by a sometimes-beautiful, sometimes strained simile or metaphor -- became so irritating I couldn't finish the book. For beginners in the field only.
Will Patton is the perfect reader for Eli McCullough. He is the highlight among a very strong cast for this book -- my favorite audiobook of all time.
I have listened to it twice, which I have never done for any other audiobook.
Amusing book, horrible reading.
The problem is not with Hiasson's lightweight comedy, but with Arte Johnsons fingernails - on - the - blackboard - bad reading. I finally decided to be amused rather than annoyed by his attempts (and non–attempts) at accents and his weird rhythms, and so was able to listen to the end. But I'll avoid any Arte in the future.
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