My daughter and I listened to it together for a college assignment she had. I was surprised to find Ms. Morrison's reading so unengaging, and badly paced. But I did like her characters and the evolution of the story. It was very insightful, and rather painful, to listen to. I hope to read the print version someday, I think I would like it better.
As a professional musician, I enjoyed reading a story, and a mystery, that was centered in my universe. The writing is energetic, character-driven, and well-constructed, with believable dialogue and internal subtexts. My high school age musician nephew will especially love it! Kate Racculia captures the spirit of a subject that is obviously hard to write about but that fires us up and even drives our actions. Jessica Almasy's performance delineates the various characters very well (she modulates her voice to sound like a high schooler one moment and an older man the next) and was brightly paced. I highly recommend this entertaining book.
Having no experience in the vaccine development or medical field, I found this an interesting insight into both the profession and the politics, as well as the explorers who carry both out. The characters were drawn thoroughly and yet still left room for surprise and growth. Hope Davis' reading was excellent. I also found the two main settings, cold Minnesota and steamy Amazon, to be a fascinating mix. I haven't done any of my own research to see if the tribes and flora and fauna Patchett described bear any relation to reality, but they were certainly convincing, in a visceral way. I enjoyed it very much.
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