While Pat Conroy's books are always engaging and challenging for the reader, this book loses its Southern heritage being ready by Chuck Montgomery. His annoying misprounciation of Beaufort (which should sound like "beautiful", as in "Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea.") as "Bow-fort," and St. Helena as "St. Hel-een-a" served to frustrate this listener, who thinks these errors are a major problem the publisher should correct. I cannot help but wonder what else the reader has mispronounced? Save your money on this one, listeners, and read the pages, where you can hear Pat Conroy's voice in your head pronouncing the names correctly. His amazing story deserves a better performance than Montgomery delivers.
After reading A Fine Balance last year, I was so excited to see an unabridged audio version available on Audible.com. Mistry's storytelling is superb in this book. I started caring about the characters right from the very beginning, and even found myself moved to tears as Nariman's son-in-law began to tenderly take care of him as he lay on the couch, an invalid. This novel is more uplifting than A Fine Balance, but it paints just as accurate a picture of life in India.
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