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I love stubborn, flawed, real characters and this book is replete with them. But, for some reason I didn't find them to be stirring, absorbing or interesting. I found myself rewinding more than once because my imagination drifted elsewhere -- outside of the book. The story wasn't complicated or rounded. The people weren't very likable, which is a deal-breaker for me. I want to have sympathy for the characters. I want to find them complex, flawed and imperfect, but completely likable. I want them to inspire me to feel and think and dream. Unfortunately I didn't experience these things.
I didn't dislike the book enough to stop listening... so I guess I would call it completely average.
Nick Podehl did a good job of giving the various characters distinct and unique voices. I was always aware of whose story was at play. I think given better material he would be excellent.