The emotional distance you feel from the main character in that novel makes sense, and it was a quite unique book. But this novel is about people having/creating babies, forming families, and how thoughts, norms, and technology surrounding the two change over five generations. But Charnock, I think, is a little more interested in ideas and concepts than character development. And since this spans five generations in seven hours, there are way too many to characters to fully develop them and to keep them completely straight (it would be easier reading than listening). So I didn’t really connect with any of them emotionally.
Still, I was engaged enough to keep listening (on 1.25 speed). The writing was solid as was the audio narration.