Author of "Turned Wrong at Ding Dong."
It was a beautiful story. I enjoyed it twice. After I enjoyed it the first time, I was able to savor the storytelling the second time.
I've heard a comparison to All the Light We Cannot See, but I didn't enjoy that book, so it doesn't seem like a fair comparison to me.
The narrative was fantastic!
At it's core, this book is about right versus wrong. The way it unfolds is compelling.
I found it very difficult to understand what the narrator is saying--not due to his Australian accent but because he mumbles and doesn't enunciate words. I tried turning up the volume but it didn't help. I only got about three chapters in before I gave up.
. . . just than true to life. it read a lot like a hypothesis: what if an upstanding, strong willed, deeply moral person made the absolute wrong choice . . . there needs to be a reason for that to happen. The author makes a point of describing loss, from all sides but especially as a parent, and each character's understanding of that specific kind of loss. Then she seems to choose one character to act irrational while constraining the others to tolerate--and worse--to justify the irrational behavior. At this point the narrative began to sound more like a lecture about empathy vs morality. The worse part is that she chooses to make all the women act crazy. Every female character displays emotional weakness and it's all based on being or not being a mother. I found this incredibly juvenile. I felt like this was a missed opportunity because I liked the writing and the premise of this story has such a strong truth to it. The characters just seemed to follow direction, like puppets, instead of being fleshed out to perform from their own will.
Not sure I'd recommend. Very sad story with no good ending. Hard to understand because the narrator had a very heavy Australian accent which made it hard to understand to this American listener. Took me a long while to get through because it was so heart wrenching.
The story was very nice. The narration was awful.
No. I could hardly hear him, I had the volume all the way up. His whispering and poor enunciation. I couldn't not run and listen to this book because I was unable to follow the story with any background noise.
This is a beautifully written story of such scope and depth that it completely enchanted me. It was so touchingly powerful that I shall always remember it. I loved the characters and places that described and never wanted it to end.
Well-written characters, a glimpse into a time and place not so long gone and a story that worked on several levels. Recommend highly for both the narration and the story itself.