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Ok story let down by awful narration
The story is interesting but a bit disjointed. As the plot jumps over a number of years and events that don’t appear to connect, feeling like a collection of vignettes, and whilst they eventually do link together it doesn’t make sense as there is no hint up to the point where we need to know this plot point to drive the story forward. My other bugbear is that we spend two thirds of the book with the main character, Rudi, only to then spend the rest of the story flitting between different characters.
I was listening on my commute and reading at home. I preferred reading as the narration was awful almost to the point of wanting to give it up. As we spend most of the time going across Europe the decision to mostly stick to the narrator’s North American accent was not a bad move except for the inexplicable need to read it in a Bob Newhart stand up style - whilst there is humour in the book it’s relevant but the tone of the story is serious and it doesn’t fit with the story I also found that in the narrator’s three voice character limit he’d throw in an accent and make a mess of it - his Scottish female voice isn’t Scottish, more like very poor Irish if you’re feeling generous.
Overall it’s a shame as I was looking forward to this book but I’m in no rush to read book two.
Almost. But not quite.
If only Mr Hutchinson we’re as clever as his mother supposed, then the novel’s premise might have matched its execution. Alas...reality intervened. This was a trite, wandering, morass of a novel executed semi-competently. An editor and some actual revision might have saved it.
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