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Would you try another book from Rebecca Makkai and/or Emily Bauer?
By Rebecca Makkai, maybe.
Would you recommend The Borrower to your friends? Why or why not?
Not the audibook -- the reader's voice is breathy and juvenile like Amy Adams as a Disney princess. So distracting I couldn't get halfway through the story.
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Makkai's novel is largely about her main character and her inability to figure out what she wants from her life--from small decisions to larger ones, Lucy just cannot seem to make good choices. So she goes along with whatever is easiest at the time--and in the case of the novel's main plot strand, that means getting roped into driving a possibly gay tween across the country in a zany pseudo-kidnapping. It's a good, if not great, read.
What is less successful is Emily Bauer's little girl narrative tone. Still less successful than that is her Russian accent--a key skill for a reader narrating a book with major characters who hail from Russia. Bauer's Russian sounds more Indian than anything else, and she can't pronounce names that she really ought to have researched in advance: "Sergei" becomes "Seer-JAY" and "Andreev" becomes "AN-dreave," for example. It doesn't take much to pop the ballon and destroy a good reading, but Bauer manages to do it over and over again.
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