It has been a very long time since I stopped an audiobook before the first disc ended, let alone the first chapter. It is not that I disliked the material, in fact I was looking forward to this book (who wouldn’t love a conspiracy between governments, the mafia and the Secret Service!) but the accent has me stopping every few minutes to hit the back button.
The accent was too…real. No offense to “English English”, I just couldn’t follow the thick accent.
I have listened to English accents such as Sweeney Todd and The String of Pearls and never had a problem, but after this experience I think I expect funny fake accents. The real deep English accent I just couldn’t understand.
I may have to get this book in (gasp) print to fully understand my lovely wife’s recommendation.
Let me know how accent has changed your view of a book in the comments!
“Climb aboard Stationary Bike — a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist.
When commercial artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he’d been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously high, he does what so many thirty-something, junk food-eating couch potatoes have done before him: he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride it regularly.
Unlike many a mid-life exercise convert, however, Richard actually starts to ride his new stationary bike. A lot. Soon he’s spending so much time on his bike that he decides to put his artistic talents to use and paint a mural on the wall opposite his stationary bike. But it turns out that Richard’s mural is no ordinary picture — and soon his stationary bike is taking him places he doesn’t want to go…and can’t stay away from.
A riveting riff on artistic frustration, midlife mortality, and hard-won redemption, Stationary Bike is a thrill ride that could come only from the mind of Stephen King.” – From Simon and Schuster website.