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I really enjoyed this little morality tale. I don't know if it was intended for the young adult reader or the adult reader, the language leads me to believe it was youth oriented. The reader bothered me some, as she read with a tongue-tied husky voice that I found annoying. The storyline kept me listening despite the reader; who, if she'd lost the strange accent would have been excellent. Listen to the sample, you will hear it, if it doesn't bother you too much--the book is excellent!
I liked this book. The characters are interesting and finely drawn, but Tiffany Baker seems to hesitate in committing them to definite moral ground. Whatever the reader believes about right-to-die issues, the book would have been strengthened by some kind of debate around this theme. The last couple of chapters had a loose, "unedited" feel, without proper time to develop pivotal plot resolutions. Still, the narration was excellent and the bones of a very good novel somehow shone through.
This is subpar of an audiobook. I listen to 2-3 audiobooks a month for the past 3 years, and I must say this narrator was sub-average. The book was sub-average. Moderation and feeling of voice was absent. Plus, there were editing errors in the book where you actually hear the narrator mess up then correct herself. Not professional. This happens 3-4 times but enough to disrupt what flow the listener was trying to get in rhythm with. I was determined to get through the book...predictable, Choose another.
The author uses similes like a dental hygenist uses floss. The exessive use of imagery grated on my nerves like a old rusty gate in a strong southerly wind... I mean really. Sometimes things are just what they are. Plus, she murders a cat. Not cool.
This book had a lot of potential, but did not quite make it. The book was so annoying to listen to, I can't believe I kept listening until the end. The story is so weak and full of holes.
Plus, I am always bothered by narratives that give detailed accounts of conversation, emotions, and events when the speaker was not on the scene and does not have any first hand knowledge, or even hearsay, about which they are speaking.
No a bad listen. A little slow, but good characters, and sweet story. Everyone likes a little magical realism. At least I do. Not a book I will listen again and again though.