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  • The Last Runaway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    In best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

    Tom says: "unjustified perseverance got me through"
    "disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy endless descriptions of quilts and detailed descriptions of everything, you might like this book.


    What could Tracy Chevalier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters were too stereotyped - the nearly perfect, meek and mild Hannah, the bawdy Belle with a heart of gold, the tempting bad boy. I was hoping for more underground railroad adventure, but this was rather dull and plodding. I liked the story well enough, but it seemed to drag, with way too much repetition of how wonderful Hannah was as a seamstress. It made Quakers seem dull and boring.

    It was not clear at all why Hannah would be the least bit attracted to Donovan, so this could have been fleshed out more.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    She seemed to use the same inflection on nearly every sentence, rising unnaturally at the end. It became annoying after awhile.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Runaway?

    I don't think I would cut any scenes, necessarily, but I would eliminate some of the redundant descriptions.


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