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I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and am dismayed to say that Elliott Gould, an actor of bigger reputation than most of the audiobook readers I have become such a fan of, is an awful, monotonous, word-mispronouncing reader! The production on this book is terrible, also, with big silent gaps between, apparently, recording sessions. This is especially frustrating because the Peter Spiegelman book is really good. Was this a rush job or what?
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Peter Spiegelman took my breath away. He as insightful re. this moment's human nature as the American classic writers of the 30s and 40s. He may be even better in the sense that he creates insights so believable that you are forced to rethink the nature of human relationships. Yeah, it is a dark and ADULT novel. Yes there is sex, but... but... it is essential to this psycho/social/cultural exploration. Oh... and he writes with the craft of a great surgeon. However art without wonder is merely craft... And The Red Cat leaves you with wonderings that nag.
So... I can understand why the publishers felt that this novel was sufficiently important to snag a celebrity reader. Eliot Gould may be past his greatness. Or he may have phoned in at least some of his reading. But what's inescapably true is that the production people failed both Gould and Spiegelman by leaving a debris of seemingly random and maddening pauses behind. However, the story and Gould's adequate presentation of it overcome and this is a mystery which does not fall apart at its end. The characters will haunt you because they are complex and naggingly familiar.
Red Cat is worth the money, the time, and the feelings it provokes. Four and a half stars!!!
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