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This is the first time I've listened to an audiobook and really felt that the audio production had enhanced the story in a way not possible on the written page. The story - about a woman with two husbands - is told by a patchwork of voice actors and structured around a playlist of songs that feels right at home in the world the author has created.
Dani, the protagonist, is a fascinating character - after her life is turned upside down by a car accident, we follow her through the twists and turns that lead her into a double life.
We learn about her family's aging textile mill, her rebellious indie singer/songwriter brother, Dylan, her awkward (and also very funny) first husband, Gunner, and his preoccupation with fertility (he's a doctor), and her second husband's exciting life as a rock-climbing guru.
Every stage of Dani's journey is told with rich and absorbing detail - you won't want the story to end!
A great find - and a great listen.
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Double Time does double duty, in delivering a great story and some terrific performances, both in the narrators and the music. The characters are all so different in how they sound and what they say, it feels like you're hearing about a situation from a bunch of entertaining mutual friends.
Dani's life swings back and forth and back again in an interesting and believable way, from the city to the country, from care-free to workaholic, from a stuffed shirt suitor to free-wheeling Anthony Kiedis. I'm a long-time fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Clendenen does a great job of portraying Kiedis in a fictional role. The music hall scene totally evokes an RHCP concert- you feel like you’re there.
The songs you hear as the book proceeds provide great musical intermissions and are well-suited to its themes, particularly the notion of giving women the same freedom as men.
Great story, cool listening- a really fun audiobook.
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