©2006 Andrew Greeley; (P)2009 Phoenix
I had read this book at least six times, possibly more and really liked it. I was looking foward to hearing the audio version but...oh, no, no, no! The narrator butchered the Irish accent and made this experience awful. Seriously, WHY didn't somebody stop this guy? He sounded much too old to be Paddy Tobin, as well.
My advice? Stay far, far away from this narration!
If you do not have time to listen to a full book and just want a short story, then listen to a short story not a badly abridged version of a novel. If you have no intention to reading the whole book, still don't listen to this.
Whoever was in charge of deciding what points were not important enough to the story line has never actually read this book. The result of their work is a story that has no character development or reader investment in the story line. I am not saying that nothing should be cut when making an abridged version, but abridging a story to the point were dialogue no longer makes sense and character motivation is no longer clear makes the story pointless.
Loved it, as I do most of Greeley's, but 'tis too short altogether! As usual, there were characters I cared about, but I wish the book had explored other characters more fully. It felt as if just as the story was getting good, it was over.
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