This is worth reading. But I think the book could have benefitted from some further editing. Loved the characters and most of the narration.
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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.
Tragic story told with lyrical brilliance by Cash. My only complaint is that the narrator who portrays Jess is tortuous to listen to. Nearly made me quit listening all together. Being a southerner, it's very hard for me to listen to a faux southern accent. Especially one as bad as he (Bramhall?) uses. He sounds like the only southern voice he has heard was Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. I would have preferred he not try to do an accent at all. The writing, however, is made to present southern dialect. I'm just not sure why they didn't cast a native southerner for the role.
The other two do a decent job, the Sheriff being the better of the two.
Still worth buying. The storyline outweighs these faults.
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.
There was a very thin story here, padded out with too much descriptive prose.
Mark Bramhill did an exceptional job as the sheriff.
Honestly, I was very disappointed in the story after so many positive reviews.
The performance of a Land More Kind Than Home was the best I've heard. The characters came to life. Well worth it.
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While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't real moving for me. The plot arc was fairly conventional, even predictable. The characters somewhat typical, with none being truly lovable. The book is read by a few readers--some good, others less so.
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.