It was with great trepidation that I purchased, then started, this book. However, all my concerns were immediately laid to rest as I heard the first few passages of Abilene's story, which reflected the lives of so many amazing women I have known.
This is not only an exceptionally well-written novel, but the pacing and narration of this book is one of the best I have ever heard. I eagerly await Ms. Stockett's next work, as well as any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Campbell, Ms. Lamia, Ms. Spencer, or Ms. Turpin.
...but it fails on many levels: mediocre writing, excessively enunciated narration, and just a few too many gay cliches. Gave an extra star for the effort (because we need more gay fiction in audible format).
I am impressed with the respect the other reviewers pay toward the key plot point in this compelling story. Like them, I was drawn in, yet fearful of the ending. Ishiguro has a keen knack for revealing his characters inner souls, such that we often see glimpses of ourselves. Ms. Landor's narration was superb, allowing we "readers" to barrel on "distraction-free." The themes presented here are powerful not because of the potential moral conflicts of the future, but because of the undiscovered moral conflicts among us presently. An excellent book, indeed.
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