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This book does not work as an audio book. This is because there are chapters of extracts of newspapers and something called op.sit. that just serves to make the whole thing fragmented and very difficult to follow. I’m sure it makes sense in the written word though.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This has to be one of the most over-hyped books I have ever read or listened to. It has had rave reviews and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction but I have to say that I really don't understand why.
It is rambling, confusing, depressing, lacks cohesion and, for a prose work, it is full of quotes and end notes from works of non-fiction. To me, this just made the whole thing a complete mess and very difficult to concentrate upon. Additionally, the huge number of characters (and therefore voices) used in the performance made this narrative really difficult to keep track of. I lost interest after the first half and gave up on it.
Perhaps it would be better to read a hard copy, to help make sense of it all. But if you decide to do that, allow plenty of time. This is a tale that you really need to concentrate hard on and it is certainly not an uplifting story.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
What more need I say, except thank you to the author and voices. I think I will listen again straight away.
This was a really great book however it took a study guide to understand the first few chapters as it isn’t very clear who is talking. Once you understand and know the voice for the character then it makes for a lot better listening. This is the first fiction book I’ve listened to on Audible as I normally listen to non-fiction but was very impressed and highly recommend this book.