For the most part, I enjoyed this book. However, near the end, Nora becomes rather unbeliveably stupid.
Note: this may be a spoiler - She wonders how the mute woman could communicate what she had seen. This happens shortly after we find that same woman had catagorized and filed all her father's years of research. Gee, she must be able to read and write. I really hate it when the protagonist, a highly educated woman in this case, is portrayed as ignorant. I was so put out, that I almost didn't finish the book. I'm all for characters who try to solve mysteries on their own, but most of the time, they are smart enough to report extreme incidents to the police. Nora doesn't. This spoiled the book for me.
I was very impressed by the narrator who did an excellent job on this book. I would happily listen to her again.
This was a very delightful book. The format is one you don't find very often and I thought it well written. Although the story dealt with the German occupation in WWII, it did not get bogged down in brutal details, but showed the better side of humanity for the most part. The ending, which you can see coming almost from the beginning, was somewhat of a disappointment. (Maybe because I read a lot of mystery and like to have the ending be a surprise.)
The narration was excellent! If you want a light, enjoyable listen, this book is for you.
I am not quite halfway through the book and am enjoying it very much. The narrator does a very good job with one exception. Local place names are consistently mispronounced. Longview happens to be my hometown so I am aware of the errors that others might not notice. Granted, Skamakowa is not the easiest name to figure out (ska-mock'-away) but I feel it is important for readers to do their research before reading. I have run across this same type of error in the past and find it distracts from the story. All that said, I will continue to listen and if the second half is as good as the first, I will also continue to enjoy this book.
I found this story to be fascinating. There is so much we don't know about the human mind. Unlike a previous reviewer,I thought the reader was perfect for this book, and I did not feel that Christianity was put down. The author found his spiritual support from other sources. I am not a "multiple" but was able to empathize with much of Mr. Oxnam's process of integration. Psychotherapy is hard work and he has stuck with it for many years. Kudos to Dr. Smith. I would definitely recommend this book to any who are interested in human nature and how we function.
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