- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425232204
- ISBN-13: 978-0425232200
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9,849 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read a little of this novel but, for the most part, I listened to the audiobook version. It's worth every penny to pay for the narration. They went all out in producing this audiobook. Usually, you only get one narrator in an audiobook. But this book had four narrators. So there were a plethora of voices to help distinguish between the characters so that the reader/listener knows who is speaking.
And the book was FUNNY. It's not a comedy... it's a drama. But I love funny books and the author threw in just the perfect amount of laughs in this piece. Come to think of it, though, if chocolate pie is your favorite pie, maybe you'd better not read this book.... I may never eat chocolate pie again. But it was worth it to have read/listened to this book.