Did an excellent job of holding my focus, but was dissatisfied with an unredeeming end. I don't have anything against sad endings, but this one revealed no grace whatsoever and left a few unanswered questions.
This is one of the best audio books I have ever read. Beautifully written, perfectly narrated in two voices, timely in its content (politically and economically). Oprah comes through again with a winner.
It starts out very promising; good, believable characterisations come out through the narrations of the two main characters. However it all comes unstuck in the most awful way in the end, just too over the top for words. I won't be listening to it again.
Having seen the movie and loved it, I was afraid to read the book thinking it would spoil some of the visuals from the movie and the wonderful casting. But I was wrong, the book added another dimension by giving more insight into the characters state of mind. A and the extended ending was important. It gave a little more finality to the story ending.
While listening to this book, I was struck by how likeable and unlikeable each of the characters were. They were a great commentary on every one of us. We all make bad choices and have paths to take to make them right. How often do we all take the wrong path?
Dubus tackled many distinct voices and personalities--each a victim of life circumstances, but not one giving up until the end. My sympathies shifted from character to character as the story unfolded. I was moved by the hope expressed in the midst of hopeless situations, the continued efforts to look for one more solution--one more choice. Great Story!
One of the worst books I've ever read or heard. I could not get beyond the rediculous premise that the author seems to believe creates some great moral dilemna. Does the author expect readers to believe that an erroneous 6 month old $500 tax delinquency would result in eviction of the owner from a house worth $170K and foreclosure sale of that house for $45K on the same day? What about legal due process requirements? What happened to the sale proceeds and why weren't they given to the evicted homeowner? For those who can get past that, the story proceeds with a series of moronic and irrational actions by virtually every character in the book leading to the predictable ending. A complete waste of time.
I, too, could not put this book down. The characters are fascinating, edgy, and rich with detail. The juxtaposition of two cultures was beautiful and well done. It was also very well read. Bravo!