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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Somebody who enjoys the tedium of having the same things said to them over and over again
How could the performance have been better?
A bit less whiney.
What character would you cut from The Divorce Papers?
I would cut the bulk of the addresses. The caracters weren't too bad and the story would be more enjoyable without the constant irritation caused by having the same thing said for the umpteenth time.
Plus it would be a good deal shorter and while I usually avoid abridged fiction l was willing the tedium to end.
Any additional comments?
This is one audiobook to avoid!
If the book appeals I would suggest using a paper or digital print format.
That way you would never read every word of every address on every letter.
As an audiobook it simply does not work.
Any additional comments?
It wouldn’t necessarily be a problem to transform an epistolary novel into an audio book, but this particular novel has a lot of drawbacks for audio. If you want to hear specific telephone numbers, addresses, zip codes, and office jargon read over and over with seriousness, it might work for you.
Even worse, the novel depends heavily upon the presentation of financial accounting, so you get to hear the SAME sets of numbers read out in detail several times in succession, and then hear them again slightly altered, and repeated, later on. This goes on throughout the book. If you were reading with your eyes, you would get the point at once, and move on. You would not carefully read over each line of each document once you realized (which you certainly would) that the numbers and verbiage in each repeated document are the same. The author can't be faulted for this, since the book was certainly written to be seen on the page, not listened to. Whether it actually rises to the level of "novel" on the page, I can't say.
An unrelated problem is an insufferably self-involved central character. I realize that this is supposed to be part of the point of the novel, but our poor protagonist is such a collection of predictable clichés as to be sort of sad. This is one of those novels where we’re expected to believe that our hero is so spectacularly brilliant that all opposition fades in the light of her talent, but of the talent we never see evidence.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Listening to this audiobook felt way too much like work. Maybe, as was suggested in another review, it was better as an actual book where your eyes could skim over all the lists and cc addressees. Although the plot was kind of a tedious after awhile, the writing itself was snappy and smart--I may have another run at it later.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful