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  • Return of the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Belinda Vasquez Garcia
    • Narrated By Sarianna Gregg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A dazzling family epic of love and forgiveness. In 1915, 2,067 skeletons were stolen from the ghost pueblo of Pecos and transported to Harvard University for medical research... In the present day and across the miles, the wind carries their cries to Grandfather, who hears the bones longing for home. But worlds collide when his modern granddaughter agrees to drive him across the country to bring home the bones of their Native American ancestors. Hollow-Woman and Grandfather are the last of the Pecos people, but she is not interested in ancient skeletons.

    mary says: "Return of my money, please"
    "Wonderful Coverage of History"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if the friend is really interested in historical events in the U.S.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Belinda Vasquez Garcia? Why or why not?

    Yes. I think she covered the history in a masterful way.


    What three words best describe Sarianna Gregg’s performance?

    Patchy. Hollow Woman's accent seemed to change a little. I wasn't sure what it was supposed to me.


    Was Return of the Bones worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The best part of this book was the history. It was really interesting to the learn about the Pecos people and the pueblos because I had never heard this story before and I think it's important to know. However, I didn't find the present day characters compelling. The relationship between the Grandfather and Hollow Woman was dynamic over the length of the book but I couldn't get into it. It just seemed a bit shallow. This may have been because of the format of the book and the paranormal aspects. I couldn't reconcile the paranormal with the present day aspect of the book. I think that it may have been the way Hollow Woman didn't believe and was scornful of grandfather's magic and there was no early evidence about the truth in grandfather's magic. I just didn't find it believable. The flitting between the past in the trace-states made it difficult to keep track of what was going on in an audiobook. The audiobook format may not have been the best for this book. Simply because it moved a little slowly and there were inconsistencies in the voicing of Hollow Woman in terms of accent.In the end, while I liked the idea of this book and the history was great to learn, the fictional novel aspect of the story was lacking and was sometimes slow.

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