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I am always leery of really well-priced audio books, fearing that they may be amateur efforts, but I couldn???t resist trying this recording of one of my favourite contemporary novels. I am delighted with it.
The novel is an inventive mix of history, science, and fantasy that still speaks to our world???s nuclear and celebrity-obsessed reality almost 10 years after it was published. Although there is an element of fantasy, it doesn???t fit the fantasy genre - so "imaginative" might be a better descriptor.
The listen is well-narrated --if there is any criticism, a very slight British accent can be heard in the some of the American characters, and the narrator reads text items like "end of chapter one/start of part 2", which can be a bit annoying. I researched the production company a bit; it looks like they may resuscitate some other otherwise overlooked excellent fiction. I???m glad they???re on Audible.
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First of all, the book is set pretty much entirely in the US with mostly American characters, but the narrator is British. It really didn't work for me. The American dialogue changes with British emphasis.
Second, this is the second Lydia Millet book I've read, and in both she has made the female protagonist to be maddeningly non communicative to the point of weak.
Finally, with respect to both of these points, the narrator frequently has the female protagonist whine when there's no indication that she is doing so. For example, when she says "I want to leave" in the restaurant, I don't imagine that the author intended her to be whining, but she did.
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