I very much enjoyed listening to this. I had semi-expected that it was going to be similar to 'Sister', her first novel, but it was really quite different. Written from the point of view of the mother, it's about the relationships within the family, but with a strong element of the detective novel. It's a very interesting premise, and could be unbelievable, but isn't. It really lives up to the promise of her first novel. Very well narrated, it's an excellent listen.
This was a bit of a shot in the dark for me, so I was really pleased that the book was so enjoyable. An interesting comment on the social attitudes and racism that was inherent in this period, it does show the glimmer of light that not everyone held the same bigoted views. In turn funny and serious, it's definitely one to listen to.
I've now listened to a few Haruki Murakami books, and have enjoyed all of them. Interestingly, this one was translated by more than one person, which you might think would make the style a bit bitty, but it doesn't at all - it flows well throughout. As with all his novels I've read/listened to, it's a bit weird - sort of sci-fi and sort of everyday life, all mixed up together. Somehow he manages to make it work and easy to follow. And although he does use the same kind of mix of genres in other books, they are still very different from each other. He also writes incredibly well.
Thank you Jeremy Irons, Humbert Humbert's voice will always be yours. As the Father of three girls aged between 8 and 15 my listening was very uncomfortable to the half way mark. The writings beauty kept me listening.Slowly the message of the book grew its root structure into my understanding, untill it was fused into my mind. The Nabokov mind had investigated every aspect and drew its consequences so clearly that the colour of the crime was as bright as the blood on Quiltys lips. Its consequences on all the characters was as glass. A wonderful, chilling and throughly suitable book for the modern age.