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so i've been listening to this as i roam around sewing... and i keep hoping it will, so to speak, get a life. but it's not, so i need to hunt down another audiobook.
i deeply dislike books where it's all narrative, where nothing is left to the reader's imagination, and this book is a very clear example of that. we are told exactly what happens, what the significance of things are, and how to feel about it (in an emotionally intense scene, people will be gripping things until they draw blood or laughing, to let you know how you're supposed to feel).
i can never pinpoint what the necessary empty space for the reader should be, and i feel bad about that... it's a negative space, defined only by the things around it. when there's too many things, there's no negative space, and that's the best i can say.
re: the audiobook version. this is where the book goes from just kind of boring to downright annoying. the book's narrator is a 12-year-old girl; the book's reader has apparently conflated "child narrator" with "read as if to a group of children at storytime." you know that voice: "my EYES were as biiiiiig as PUMPkins!!!!!!" like that. big, big mistake.
urk. can't take any more. good thing Audible allows returns.
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