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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near fatal accident. His older sister, Karin, returns to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, Mark believes that this woman is really an impostor who looks just like his sister. Shattered, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, who eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident - armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness.

©2007 Richard Powers (P)2006 AudioGO

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Too much time for a boring story

A Group infatuated by cranes, a main character who is an ill-tempered, silly girl incapable of making a decision and a delicate flower, so easily offended; and a brain damaged young man who is the sanest of the group.

Like it yet? Ready to waste 21 hours listening to an entitled woman demand and explode when individuals doing her a favor miss a detail? If you are, this is the book for you.

Oh yeah, did I mention her devoted, doormat boyfriend who possibly likes men and animals in a conjugal way? I spent way too many hours with this cast of shallow soul searchers 'finding themselves" in every other chapter.

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I wanted to like this book

Sigh. I wanted so much to like this book. I love long books with multiple story lines. I am a special educator, so I am fascinated by neuroscience. I enjoy books which provide vivid visual descriptions which draw you into the setting. But good grief, enough is enough. The character can't just be alone with her thoughts in the hospital lobby, we have to know all her thoughts, have all those thoughts analyzed AND know the chair she is sitting in is apricot colored leather. It actually has an intriguing story line and the author writes dialog especially well. But is is so dense in detail and in internal monologue, analysis of characters thoughts and actions, the history of psychology and neurology, plus the endless musing about cranes. I almost gave up several times, but finally finished. It left me vaguely unsatisfied. Not time wasted, just wish it was better. I don't know how much of this is because I listened to it on Audible instead of reading. The narrator had a quiet calm voice that seemed to make the endless detail worse

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Terrible book

This book is the worst I have ever listened to. Nothing happened, pointless story and very disappointing.

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Brilliant

A profound and poetic examination of the human condition and the illusion of the self.

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Disappointment

Way too long. and uninteresting. This was for a book club. Walking over hot coals would have been better. what a torture.

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First Powers book, last Powers book

Really the subject matter is inherently so interesting, I just can’t believe how convoluted
and banal the book actually is.

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Endless

I could not finish this book. It is about 200 pages too long. I couldn't even care about the characters after endless minutiae of their lives. Just wanted to find out the main plot line which was no surprise as there was endless foreshadowing. Basically a waste of time. The narrator did a good job though.