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This is the worst abridgment I've ever heard, and an excellent example of why I usually steer clear of them. It's only a slim exaggeration to say that it seems as if the editor who chopped this book down did it without reading the text. In one sequence, we go from our hero standing by himself to "...stepping away from her..." with no indication of when the "her" walked onto the scene. These sorts of jarring omissions occur every 15 minutes.
Equally frustrating are the times when the book refers back to events that were chopped out. Chabon's writing is so good that you feel genuinely ripped off by the omissions.
From now on I won't buy abridged titles unless they are approved by the author.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
Michael Chabon's writing has an elegant flow that grabs you and carries you into whatever universe he has created. This abridgment interfered with that flow and simply threw out much of what makes Chabon's writing so distinctive. It's a shame, really, because the book was a very good read a few years ago, while I could still see well enough to read. Wish I could say the same about this abridged audiobook version.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This wasn't my cup of tea. I had the book given to me, recommended by a friend. I found it incredibly difficult to persevere with. This has happened before with 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' and I resolved it with buying audio book (I hate to not finish a book) but even that didn't work for me. As such the book remains incomplete and I have no immediate desire to either. The ONLY book ever that I failed to finish. Perhaps I might, one day....
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was a book that I had read before, but I was enchanted by David Colacci's interpretation of this wonderful tale. With his voice only, he is able to paint the most vivid pictures of a world that I previously knew little about. Chabon has created unusal and fascinating characters and Colacci communicated what is a complex narrative with ease and familiarity. I also loved the way there were some historical events that were paralleled in the story, but given a new perspective. It is a wonderfully warm tale that stays with you long after its completion. The five stars I have given this audio clearly indicates that this is a book and a reading that I would highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful