Agree with the bleak evaluation of this bleak novel. Reviewers talk about black comedy and "exuberance" of this 1st novel. The audiobook reader does not seem to have understood this . She turns the whole thing into a thousand sentences all read in a tense, urgent, somewhat hushed voice with most sentences following the same duh - duh - duh- down intonation no matter what she's saying.
Incredibly tedious reading of a quirky novel that probably should have been a short story. The whole "black dog" thing was fun at first, then interesting, but then by Disc 3 of the 6 it was just repetitive and tedious.