Plain Truth is a lush, enjoyable book to listen to. I felt as if I truly were in Amish farm country the whole time. The characters are fully and believably drawn and the narrarators bring them to life in a vivid and interesting manor.
I found only two negative points--and I wouldn't want anyone to not choose this book because of them. Still, the trial scenes were often repetitive, providing information we already knew, and the "stunning conclusion" seemed fairly obvious to me from mid-book on. Neither of these points were distracting enough to make me regret the selection, however.
It was a good, long listen. Plain yet lush. I feel as if I've spent the week on an Amish farm visiting new people who have become good friends, and have had a wonderful time learning new customs and mulling over a laundry basket of fresh ideas.
The first half was fairly obnoxious. I don't really know why I kept listening--but I'm glad I did, actually. The 2nd half, once Samantha began to get a little bit of control in her life, became quite enjoyable. If you can muddle through the long beginning, this book is certainly worth a listen.
Yes, the story is beautiful, but for everyone who is confused or distraught by the ending, this is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet--a tragedy. If you know that, the ending should be no surprise. And the book follows the original play in a lovely, eerie, sweet retelling. I was 1/3 of the way into it before the whole Hamlet connection dawned on me. But sure enough, Edgar's uncle is Claude and his mom is Trudy. And that's so just the beginning. But the plot and characters really are beautifully interwoven; the background of the dog breeding farm is gorgeous.
If you don't know Hamlet, just know that it's going to be a tragedy. If you do know the original play, then you're in for a true delight. The parallels and connections are fun and sometimes breathtaking. Enjoy.
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