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Due to the stated length of the audiobook I stupidly didn't notice that it is an abridged version - in fact I didn't realize that until it was over and I heard the credits. I have to believe this made all the difference in the world, because as I listened to it I several times thought "How can this person write such good dialog and yet have such horrible pacing/continuity?" Now I know. Ugh, I hate abridged audio.
Anyway, the writing (such as was left of it) was funny and witty in many places. ("It was too much to bear. It was certainly too much to bear in a closet.") Alfred Molina does a wonderful job reading it. The characters are interesting; however it's extremely hard to keep up with them all, given their foreign names and titles and the very choppy action.
A few people have said that this is "pornographic" and they must have some different standard of pornography than I do. Descriptions of a few sex acts, including oral sex, do occur, but they're hardly of a length or intensity as to be the focus of the scene, only used to illustrate the rest of the action in the scene.
I now feel as if I have to go and read the actual book to see what I missed, and that's an aggravating feeling after spending 12 hours listening to an audiobook.
I can't recommend this abridged version - I think that I would have felt much more positively about an unabridged version.
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This is a complex storyline with lots of characters to keep straight. If, after reading hundreds of books, you search for writers and stories with some evidence of original thought and imagination, then you should be pleased with this selection. The book cannot be easily classified: Action-Adventure, Suspense/Mystery, and Erotica could all apply.
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