I was immediately drawn into the story by two of the narrators - Lorna Raver and Mark Bramhall. I know it's hard for a grown man to sound like a boy of nine, but for me, the narrator who read the part of young Jess was a bit off and distracted me from the story.
Loved the sherif. Very well developed character and beautifully portrayed by the narrator.
Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.
Having a snake phobia, I didn't like all the ssssss parts of the story, but it was very well written, and the narrators did a splendid job.
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This book received such good reviews, and I had high hopes for it. I hesitated before buying it because I have a low tolerance of southern accents (I grew up in NC). Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators and I enjoyed his narration here. The other two narrators combined with the writing, however, have done me in. The writing has a great deal of detail and flashbacks that do nothing to move the story forward. At times it reads like a first draft. Lorna Raver's narration of Adelaide Lyle is mostly well done, but the detail (particularly the dream about Jesus) mixed with a tendency to over-inflect made me impatient and irritated. I found Nick Sullivan's voicing of Jess to be way over the top and far too golly-gee-whiz. He reads everything with exaggerated emotion as though he is telling a comic tall tale. I nearly ditched the book before I'd finished his first section. As it is, I'm stopping 3 hours short of the end.
The book is listed as a literary thriller, but there seems to be very little suspense. Perhaps if I were younger, I would have found it more interesting. I had the feeling that I had met all of these people before, and there was little said that was new.
It is definitely in my top 5.
Being from the south, born and bred in NC - these narrators are spot on with their dialect, metaphors and accent.
I would take Adelaide Lyle out to dinner and talk about her faith in God, yet her fear of Pastor Chambliss.
This is an awesome book. My only complaint is that it was too short - only 8 hours.
The performance of a Land More Kind Than Home was the best I've heard. The characters came to life. Well worth it.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I wasn't expecting much and in fact, after fist 15 minutes, almost gave up. Read a few reviews, kept listening and knew after 15 more minutes it was a winner. I was so engaged that I couldn't stop listening. It's an emotional, difficult story, but one that offers a realistic observation of the human spirit and the ability to change. Great performances by three narrators!
This was a beautiful story of flawed individuals who suffer horrendous losses. There were three narrators providing a triumvirate of perspectives. The evil preacher could have been more deeply explored; the glimpse into extreme religious practices was interesting.
I was moved by the story but was left with a heavy heart when it was over.
I bought this book because: 1) one of the narrators is Mark Bramhall, and 2) the story was touted as a Southern Novel.
Bramhall didn't disappoint. He NEVER does. The 5 stars in the review of Performance are for him. Unfortunately, his character speaks less than any of the others.
But the story - while it had its moments (more than a few outstanding, compelling moments early on, as a matter of fact) - ultimately it didn't deliver on what those opening scenes had promised.
There was too much about the boy Jess. Yes, his POV was integral to the plot, but we were forced to go down too many childhood rabbit trails with him. Or maybe it was that, combined with the fact that the narrator of his voice was my least favorite.
Finally, the ending ruined the experience for me. It seems ideally suited for a TV movie.
The book may be set in the South, but it's a long way from being a Southern Novel.