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Freelance journalist, now living in Israel. Audible books listener for 30 years, when I had to pretend to be blind to get access.

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  • In the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In the summer after his junior year of high school, Jonathan Stride fell in love with Cindy Starr, the girl who would become his wife. But that same summer, Cindy's sister, Laura, was brutally murdered. The police suspected a vagrant of committing the crime, but Stride and Cindy were both convinced that the killer was someone close to Laura. Thirty years later, Laura's best friend, Tish Verdure, returns to Duluth to write a book about Laura's death.

    Holly Helscher says: "IntricateRelationships"
    "Minnesota native objects"
    Overall

    Let me start with this: any reader who doesn't know how to pronounce "Ole" -- as in 'Ole and Lena jokes' -- has no business reading a Minnesota book.

    But second, if the reader had parodied African American accents like he does Minnesota accents, he'd be charged with unmitigated racism. The reading is way beyond atrocious. The caricatures are embarrassing and insulting to everyone from the Upper Midwest -- his rendition of North Dakota farmers is even worse. Fortunately, they have fewer lines.

    The book itself? I love reading Freeman's books because I know the locale and remember it with fondness. That's what I'll do in the future -- read the books.

    I imagine Brian Freeman himself is tearing his hair out over this assault and battery on his work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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