I enjoyed the story line of this book - although it was very difficult for me to sympathize with the protagonist. She seemed to bring the world down on herself and just did stupid things constantly. The reader of this book may have contributed to my lack of sympathy for the protagonist. It felt like her reading and relationship to the characters were a bit too forced. It was a good book since I had nothing else to do but drive, but it isn't one I'd listen to again.
Not only was the story line of this book incredible, the narrator did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. I am often reluctant to immerse myself in fiction relating to real-world events for fear of how distorted those events become. However, this story's setting was believable without immerseing me in the Katrina devastation too much. I'd say Tin Roof Blowdown is a must read for anyone so far removed from the hurricane's devastation that they need and insight into the after-effects. More importantly, it is a must read for those who believe humans have the capacity to do almost anything - good or bad - in the face of disasters.
I had heard so much about this book; however, my work schedule prevented me from actually picking it up to read. Thus, I finally listened to it during my commute. It is an incredible book. It gave me insight into circuses. More importantly, it gave me insight into the endurance of the human psyche. Well worth the listen.
The premise for this book was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the play on "gods" and how American's worship those "gods". I had some real issues with the lagging pace of the book. Not itended to be a believable book - I still took issue with the wild unbelievability of some of the events - espcially those designed to be believable. A faster paced plot would have helped the book immensely. I am typically a "get lost in the audio book" type listener. I could have taken this book or left it. I, in fact, listened to the radio on my way to and from work a few times - something I never do when I have an audio book available. It wasn't bad - just wasn't good.
I feel like John Grisham is back - with a vengeance. The ending was different than I expected, but it left it open for a sequel (very smart on Grisham's part). The characterization in the book was believable. I could picture the residents of "cancer county", as well as some of the trial lawyers. Grisham, as always, introduces the shady sides of the law. Well worth listening to. I particularly liked the person reading the book (he has read some of Grisham's work before), as he pulls off the Mississippi accent very well.
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