First, I found this book to be a very enjoyable listen, and I thought the narrator did a fine job, especially with pronunciations and emoting. I'm always unpleasantly surprised by reviewers who rate a book low because it wasn't what they 'expected.' Listening to a book with an open mind and heart can bring a lot of unexpected pleasure. There is nothing offensive or blasphemous about this work of FICTION. It is not a Bible story nor does it claim to be. It is written and narrated in a lovely and poetic fashion, and paints a picture of what life MIGHT have been like for Dinah and her families in a time we know very little about. It is slow moving at times, heart-wrenching on occasion, but, in my opinion, it is beautifully written and a touching story. Open minds in search of an interesting listen might very well enjoy this.
Having read rave reviews about this book, I chose not to read more than the basic synopsis. I had no idea what to expect. I'd never heard of the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, and let me stress what a fabulous job she did, nailing the voices for each character, as well as all the emotional nuances. Although there were times I felt the story could have moved along more quickly, I realized later that the slow pace is what makes the whole thing work so well. Other reviewers have, in my opinion, made a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to the 'glitch' of the echo during a small portion of the audio. Yes, it's a bit annoying, but big deal. Bottom line is that this is not a book to rush through. Enjoy the experience, work your way through the echo glitch, and enjoy this wonderfully narrated and well crafted book.
Seriously, this is by far the best audiobook I have ever had the pleasure of listening to (and I've been listening to books on tape for at least 20 years). The story is superb, and the narration just plain perfection. As uncomfortable as the subject matter was (I am so thankful I didn't grow up in that era), this book tackled the issues from every angle, from everyone's perspective, and had me hanging on every word. I'm almost reluctant to start listening to another audiobook, since I've been spoiled by the quality of writing and narration of The Help. Can't wait to listen to it again, and I certainly hope there will be a sequel so that we can continue to wrap ourselves up in the lives of Skeeter, Aibilene, Minny, and even the characters we loved to hate. Don't miss this one!!
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