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.
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.
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