Depression era circus, nursing home in 2005.. Not many authors could make this juxtaposition work the way that this book does. There is an amazing sense of "being there" in this audio production. You can smell the air, feel the heat, it's completely engrossing. The narration of the character is spot-on by both narrators. You can't ask for a better blend of story and sound!
No, not a huge fan of the narrator, and there is a lot of repetition/bad editing in the recording.
I think his voice is well suited to the general theme of the book, but he often repeats his accents for unrelated people. It can be disconcerting and confusing.
The plotline was riveting, but there is no way that you could listen to this book all at one time.
As an Atlantan, there are so many inconsistencies in the history, geography, etc. that it was distracting and that is the most minor complaint I have about this book. In general, I am a Siddons fan, but this book seemed to have a meandering plot with no real purpose. The ending, while I won't give it away, was unbearably disappointing and anti-climactic. This is by far one of her worst efforts and not worth the listen.
On the up side, the narrator did a GREAT job with the varying accents that she was given and it was for the narrator alone that I finished listening to the book.
The best part of this book was the music and sound effect bumpers. Does that tell you what you need to know?
Normally, I too am a Patterson fan, but this was really terrible. And the worst part is that there are obviously plans to turn this into a series that I will definitely be boycotting.
This is a fantastic book that will give you insight into the minds of teens. Scary and honest, it makes you wonder who's at fault for this type of tragedy.
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