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Have you ever watched a really bad telenovela? This is worse. I listened on to the very end, in a sort of a stunned trance, not believing that any book, let alone one by Russell Banks, could be so bad! A hackneyed, melodramatic, and haphazardly organized mess revolving around two narcissistic trouble-makers.
And the narration? omigosh! Sometimes the reader sounded like he had made a bet he could narrate the book while holding the text upside down, at other times, he seemed strangely and inappropriately overexcited, using a voice one might use to shout through a wall to someone trapped in a burning building. I downloaded this book on impulse, because I have enjoyed Russell Banks in the past. What a mistake!!
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I read the other reviews here and went to remove the Reserve from my basket. Due to clumsiness on my behalf I ended up downloading the book. I was pleasantly impressed. The adaptation is fine - the narrator does different voices for different parts but these are perfectly decent. The other reviews made me dread a high-camp series of high pitched voices - far from it - and shame on those reviewers. The only reason I've not given it a higher rating is because I'm a very miserly scorer. The book is nowhere near as good as Cloudsplitter and I've scored it accordingly.
The Reserve was a good holiday listen - don't be put off by catty reviewers!
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