Very interesting story based in a richly complicated Baltimore which becomes as much of a character in the book as the protagonist. There is a central mystery that propels the story with a healthy momentum, however by the end we are more interested in the characters and where life has lead them. Interracial friendships and relationships are deftly handled without shying away from their stickiness. The reader has a good, unobtrusive voice. My only complaint is the ridiculous electric keyboard splices between chapters which interrupt the momentum of the book, have nothing to do with the mood of the story and just have to go. I felt bad for the author every time they kicked in. Still, a good book, a good audible experience.
The narrator's voice is irritating to distraction. Instead of the voices of teenagers, the narrator sounds like an annoying substitute teacher with a cold. It really takes away from the story.
I enjoyed the reading of Suite Francaise but I think readers may be a bit disappointed to find that the personal correspondence letters of the author before she is taken away to the camps are not present in the audiobook version, though we hear about them in the introduction. I suppose it is because audiobooks don't usually contain appendices and that is where the letters are in the text version.
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