South Coast, Oregon | Member Since 2011
A different voice. Being from the West it was difficult and even irritating to listen to
the dry, bland Brooklyn accent. This heroine doesn't get angry, happy, sad, thrilled, excited, furious .... the voice never changes. Irritating.
I assume this is someone's life story. The story is too dull not to be someone's life story...
The story is very typical of growing up in the 50's, surviving a full time stint as a hippie, even having a mate "come out". I know, I did it. And, basically that's Part 1.
The voice. There was no excitement, no surprise, no anger, no feeling. She finds out
her life partner (!) is gay and sleeping with men and it's just another day. It would have been really nice to know she was alive and living this life story.
The voice is most irritating, and it made me want to shake the heroine.
Reaction? Dull, bored.
And, this is just Part 1. I will grind through Part 2 simply because I cannot not finish a book, although I know the ending...
Patti Smith tells us the ending in the preface and first chapter.
Leaving out all the modern contemporary english.
I plan to listen to Lionheart, it's been sitting in my Library a couple of years.
I don't think I would say the Narrator was responsible for detracting from the book, he tried to change up each character voice - of course the one with the lisp was a little distracting.
The fat "Reptile" - especially his bloated description added nothing to the story. I didn't know they called the Persians (from the east) "Reptiles" in 256 AD.
If this is "as good as historical fiction gets" we are definitely in (reading) trouble..
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