I listened to this on audio. I am sure I would have never got through it otherwise. I liked this book alot. It was a very good story, and very funny in an unintentional way. The swooning, fainting, trembling, moisture on the brow, paleness, flushing of the cheeks, ect. cracked me up! These poor people could barely stay upright for more then an hour before a fainting spell took over! There must have been unconsious bodies littering the streets in those days.