Multiple times, I've turned on my next listen and heaved a heavy sigh when I sadly realized that I wasn't listening to Guernica. The tragic story, the amazing love, the moving narration, it's all fabulous. I have no clue how I stumbled on this book but I'm so glad I did.
I liked this book and listened to it quickly, understanding the hype but not loving it the way so many others have. My issue was actually with the narrator who I think would have been fabulous reading another book. Being born and raised in the area of Indianapolis where this story takes place, her slight accent and incorrect intonation of places really grated. This is miniscule, I understand, but the familiar setting was one of the things that really worked for me in this one and saying Broad Ripple correctly would have made it even better. It's the little things sometimes.
I had a hard time with her Kansas accent, wondering if that was accurate, which made me realize how few people I know from Kansas. But her voice was soothing and added character to the characters.
I can see why this is a popular summer read. It's easy to get behind the characters and become wrapped up in their world. It bothers me when modern values are given to characters in historical fiction but Cora's beliefs were based on her life events and it was easy to see how her great secrets would lead to her more progressive beliefs. I actually gasped out loud at one twist. Love that!
I loved listening to this and would consider listening again just to hear the narration again. However, if I revisit this book, it will more likely be the print version so I may experience that format as well.
This is a 40 hour narration that I listened to in one week - and I work full time and have two small kids. I would have listened to it in one sitting if I could have.
I wish I would have skipped the afterword by the author. I wanted to let the ending resonate and King's thoughts brought my thoughts to a screeching halt. If I could do it again, I wouldn't have listened to that immediately after finishing the book.
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