For anyone who enjoys the story of the American people and the westward expansion, this book is a must. I warmed to Kevin Foley's narration, a little unsure at the beginning if I was going to enjoy how he told the story. However, he is a perfect fit to what is a uniquely American story. Although it is history, it reads like a novel. Eckert not only brings the characters alive, he creates drama in the telling of this remarkable history. Whenever I was away from it, I couldn't wait to get back into the rich narrative and fascinating detail of this book.
This is the second Kepler book I have listened to and Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators now. He is a great storyteller and shifts effortlessly from giving us the voice of the italian mobster, to an adolescent swedish girl of limited capacity to the main character of Joona Lina who has a rich and gravelly voice. Wonderful narrative technique and compelling storytelling.
It is very interesting to have the crime story set in Sweden as a wonderful change of pace from American crime fiction.
The depth of the novel surprises and the glimpse of 17th century lifestyle and language is enriching.
The growth of the character living in extreme circumstances gives the author an interesting context in which to make his philosophical and theological beliefs known.
John Lee is a superb narrator who I now seek out because of his capacity for nuanced language, accents, and tonality.
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