I've read Ann Packer's first book, The Dive From Clausen's Pier, twice and it is one of my all time favortie books. I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and downloaded it before a week where I was going to have to drive around 800 miles for my job. This book was really slow and depressing and I found it hard to listen while driving because it made me feel drowsy. I wanted a couple of the characters to just get over themselves. I agree with another reviewer that the lack of communication between many or the characters was frustrating. I thought the narration was okay. This isn't my favorite narrator, but I don't think she made a bad situation worse.
I bought this book because I love historical fiction, particularly WWII era, and it had some good recommedations. I've tried really hard to get into this audiobook, but I just can't do it. I've started the thing over several times, but it's just not grabbing me and I find my mind wandering every time. I've only listened to about two hours, so maybe it's not fair to review it based on that, but I am quite sure that I will not be able to finish this book. I listen to audiobooks in the car and I'm afraid I will fall asleep at the wheel if I continue to listen to this. Buyers should knwo that this isn't a novel in the standard sense of the word, but a collection of letters. It's difficult to keep track of who is who and how everyone relates to each other. It's also just very, very dry.
This story isn't bad in and of itself, but the reading is awful. The narrator's voice is annoying and he mispronounces several simple everyday words. I had trouble making it through to the end of this one, but I wanted to find out what happened to the characters enough to muscle through.
I loved ths audio book. I listened to it while driving from Minneapolis to Los Angeles and it made the time fly by. A great epic story perfect for anyone who likes historical fiction or anyone who was a tomboy.
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