I've now read three of Courtenay's novels and found them all extremely interesting Novels (Power of One and Brother Fish are the other two). I will most likely go through all of his novels. An added benefit is the fact that they are read (so far) by Humphrey Bower who I find to be one of the best. I often search for novels he narrates for that very reason.
I loved this book. I found it rich in both characters and location. Rarely did I find myself feeling the story should be moving faster or wondering why the author wandered to any of the many locations in the main character's life.
Also I have to say the narrator (Bower) was just outstanding. As anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, the narrator makes the experience of listening to a book and this man is one of the best I have heard. I am now looking for more books, searching by him as narrator.
In short this book took me on a journey back in time. I grew up in the south in a small Alabama town during the period covered by this book surrounded by many of the characters. The characters were amazing and the reader by far one of the best I have ever heard. Do yourself a favor and download this audiobook.
This is one of the best I've listened to in a long while. I burn CD's to listen in my car going wherever. I found myself anxious to get in the car so I could listen to more. I guess this is the equivalent to a book you can't put down. Very well written to keep attention...very exciting. Only complaint was an occasional excursion into explaining how items used in the adventure worked. Some were tedious.
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