I had heard so much about the book from my grandparents, friends, and clergymen, so I was utterly surprised when I plugged the tape in my walkman on the train Saturday morning. The reader essentially put me to sleep! We need a British reader! I don't want to sound anti-American, but I enjoy listening to Brits. Once I got by the fact that the reader was American, the quality of the book gradually diminished. By the tenth vinyette, the stories had lost my interest and I was fast-forwarding the tape hoping for orgasmic sounds. No such luck! I strongly suggest that no one buys this tape....I've never seen so many words say essentially nothing.