There were some good moments in the book but overall the story was made tedious by elaborate and painfully repetitive descriptions that went on and on, making up perhaps for lack of action. The characters were a little flat and unremarkable. This book was compared to The Help, but if the Help is a study in character development, then this book is a study in lack of development. I can guarantee in a couple of months I will remember nothing about this book or it's characters. What really got to me about this audio book, more than the story, is the narrator. Every time she reads dialogue in, be it male or female, it sounds as if she is doing a comedic impression of an elderly Katherine Hepburn. It drove me up the wall. I'd rather her just read them in a flat tone than try to do what she must feel is a Massachusetts accent.
The writing was brilliant. The author captured the turmoil, the pain, and the fear of racism in 1960s Mississippi right along with the love, the laughter and the heartwarming moments that define family and friendship. She wove the two together into such a masterful story that I must admit I got sucked in and couldn't turn it off. I laughed out loud numerous times, and I cried real tears at others.
The voices of the readers were perfect. It's was easy to forget I was listening to actors and to start believing I was listening to actual people casually recount memories from their lives.
The perfect audiobook. Highly recommended.
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