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I tried to read Wallace novels decades ago because I liked his themes, but found the books too wordy. I thought audio might put life into them, but this one is so slow and wordy and repetitive, it's like the novel missed the editing process. It sounds like an awkward first novel, not an end of career work.
Sometimes dated background --like the Cold War --can add interest to an older novel, but not in this case. The narrator does not have a great range for accented English voices either. Life is too short for prose this bad and dialogue so tedious.
If there is an Irving Wallace revival afoot (I think he wrote some good novels and may have been ripped off a bit by Dan Brown), please produce abridgements!
I dislike reviews written by readers who haven't finished the audiobook, but I'm guilty of that here. After multiple tries, I can't get past hour 4 of 16.
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Many people have read or seen the movie of "Song of Bernadette", but this is a new take on the Saint who saw the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France.
Written from a modern viewpoint, Wallace recreates the history and controversy that surrounded the appearance of Mary and the life of Bernadette. It's inoffensive even to staunch believers, but presents the viewpoints in a human way through the venue of a novel.
An excellent and entertaining listen.