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  • Accordion Crimes

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Accordion Crimes opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his 11-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life.

    Annette says: "Just too depressing"
    "This book should be a crime"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For this to be a 4 or 5 star experience, it would have had to be a different story. It was dreary, depressing, endlessly gruesome, and just plain awful.


    What was most disappointing about Annie Proulx’s story?

    There was unending pain and misery in this story. There were no characters to root for. Everyone was either awful, crazy, or abused and/or all of the above. As the book progressed, the story rambled more and more until I just wanted to be finished so I could stop reading this horrible book.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Although he did an admirable job with the material, I have to say that none of them were my favorite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Accordion Crimes?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this for my book club and when we met to discuss it, everyone in the group really could not stand this book. It probably generated the most conversation of any book we have discussed and that's the only good thing I can say about it.

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