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  • The Battle Hymn Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Baker Lawley
    • Narrated By Jared Pike
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    Stoney Nix can play anything, from Beethoven to the Blues, on his old rattletrap piano. It's just a gift, and a good one. Music is his ticket out of Pinewood, Alabama, his ironic, dying hometown, where they reenact the Civil War but cancel marching band because it's too small. Then Sadie Green, the hilarious and beautiful new girl (and Stoney's major crush), convinces him to fight in the fake Civil War battle. What happens there will haunt Stoney forever...

    Curtis Hempler says: "An affecting and surprising smalltown story"
    "An affecting and surprising smalltown story"
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    Where does The Battle Hymn Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have not listened to many audiobooks, but the format suits this novel very well.


    What does Jared Pike bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was read well, with just a few instances where it seemed emphasis was placed on the wrong word, or pauses in the wrong place. Over all, well done though; the reader gives the characters distinctive voices, and a slight southern accent, but never to the point that it's annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally tend to read genre fiction, including horror, sci-fi and fantasy, so this wasn't really in my wheelhouse. I was pleasantly surpised though... this novel manages to be funny, touching, and surprising, while saying a lot about friendship, family, and growing up.

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