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Jane Smiley writes decently, so I considered rating this book with two stars simply based on the presence of a few artistically phrased passages. But the book had no substance, and her attempts at character development were not worth the effort. Maybe I could have lived with the disappointing predictability if I could have found a single character in the book to care about. Smiley fails miserably in a seeming attempt to emulate Ayn Rand (but without the big vision).
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Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Smiley again?
I love Jane Smiley and have read many of her books. Clearly this wasn't one of her best, and the slow narration didn't help.
What didn’t you like about Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance?
This wasn't Ruth Ann Phimester. This is narrated by a man.
Any additional comments?
I tried to get into it. I started over several times today. In addition to having a mystery narrator, the pacing was slow and I couldn't stay interested.
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