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  • The Good Lord Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

    Melinda says: "An Interesting Re-Telling of a Little Known Man"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who like a simple story with much repetition will enjoy this book more than I did.


    Has The Good Lord Bird turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was ok, but a bit "one note" for the main character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in the repetitive storyline, endless descriptions of John Brown's wrinkles and hokum from the main character. To me, the main character lacked depth and the story was shallow. With such rich subject matter, I expected more heart. I did make myself listen all the way through, even though I was annoyed at times and found that I didn't look forward to listening.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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