I didn't read the print version but the narrator does make this settlement on the edge (in so many ways) come alive.
When a character reaches such a level of despair that setting themselves on fire seems like a solution.
Katherine Boo has done an amazing job of depicting a world so different than mine and yet the people are almost recognizable types trying their best to succeed where all the odds are against them. She documents day to day life in circumstances that seem almost impossible to survive and yet the people do and keep on striving for something better. It does make me realize where I was born is such a gift.
I enjoyed listening to this book and loved the main character. I could have continued listening and finding out what happens in the next part of her life journey. The strong environmental message might put off some readers but since I agree with the author I enjoyed the creative way she dealt with her message. I also liked the contrast between those who live off the land and scientists who use the land as laboratory.
Two characters told the story and the narrative went back and forth between them. I liked both the characters and the story caught my interest. Both women are placed in extraordinary circumstances because of the war. They were amazing women but the author had me believing that it could be possible. I had tears in my eyes at the end and since I was running while listening to the story I might have looked a bit odd to fellow runners and walkers!
The book reminds me of other action adventure novels except the two main characters are women and men play only a supporting role.
I always think it is almost like a play when there are different characters to listen to.
This is an enjoyable, engaging listen.
I loved the way the author used the parallel stories of early adolescence with all the upheavals kids go through with the story of an upheaval in the way the Earth rotates. The author never explains the "Slowing" as Earth takes longer and longer to rotate on its axis but she makes it seem real in the context of the story. People are still people even in extraordinary times and find a way to deal with unimaginable events. I really liked main characters in the book.
I really liked main characters in the book but it is told through the voice of a young girl and I liked her the best.
I don't know if I have but she was very good.
I could have if I had that long to listen, it was entertaining.
This story is told from multiple points of view and read by different actors. All of them are excellent. I could hardly stop listening. Each character brought their own point of view to the unfolding events. I thought the voice of the young boy was very good. This book started out a little slow but it wasn't long before I was caught up in the story.
Hearing Carole King read this book is so entertaining. The whole book is as if she is sitting down with you telling you stories about her life. Occasionally she breaks into song which is fun to hear. Her stories about different musicians provide a fascinating perspective like when she goes to John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's apartment for tea. Carole King is an amazing woman who has lived through amazing times.
I would recommend the book. It is a story of people in terrible circumstances and how they overcome them. Characters are well developed. I had seen the movie but loved listening to the book. It also documents how determination and persistence can eventually pay off.
The most memorable moment for me was when the main character is found missing from his extremely secure prison cell where he has resided for decades.
He is an excellent narrator and made the story come alive but I don't know if I had heard him before.
It did help me get a lot of work in the yard done since I like to listen to books as I do the repetitive tasks necessary in the yard.
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