There were some parts of this book I enjoyed. I liked hearing the geographic location descriptions and putting the story in place with recent history. I also feel I learned about the people of the region to some degree. However, it was tedious and slow.
This was disappointing. The story behind the book intrigued me and - as an educator - I thought I would enjoy it. Perhaps if it had been written by someone who writes novels for a living verses newspaper stories, we would have gotten a story that was as compelling as the events that inspired it.
In addition, the narrator's intonations and voice added nothing to the story and in fact, contributed to the feel that this was one long newspaper story or a 'guest lecturer' introduction. His intonation seemed forced and what he chooses to emphasize seems only to add a false enthusiasm - generally what you would expect to hear on infomercials.
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