This is a hard book to review. On one hand, the writing itself – beautiful use of alliteration, the vocabulary, the pacing – was great. I found myself wanting to rewind several passages just because I loved the way they sounded.
But there was too much on the other hand to make it an enjoyable experience. I struggled to finish this two-hour long audio book. First and foremost is Sean Penn’s narration. I expected to be swept up in the story right away. I mean, Penn is a world-class actor who wrote the book he’s reading. Who could have done it better? Unfortunately, he mostly just droned on in a monotone that couldn’t stop me from zoning out regularly.
The voice of the computer breaking in numerous times in each section to provide what amounted to info dumps – even if they were brief – was annoying, to say the least.
Overall, I didn’t care a bit about what was going on and by the time we got to the parts about Drumph and the election, I was counting the minutes until the book was over.
But it’s another book toward my 2019 goal and only two hours wasted.