The performance was very stagnate. There was a lack of underlying emotion in the actor. When the story said something like "The man was getting angry," the actor didn't necessarily sound angry or not angry enough.
The story line had potential but it was simplistic. I am a Christian, but this was very "Christian-ese."
Not necessarily, but I may be less likely to trust the "You might like" recommendations.
I'm not sure.
I might not have cut anything but the story could have been more robust -- seen also from Joshua's perspective.
I'm not sure what the point of always referring to the main character as "the man" was. It felt awkward. If the idea was that it could be "anyone," it fell far short of it.
I loved the depth of the story and the feeling with which Aderele Ojo read it. I could picture every aspect and felt the weight of the slavery upon one who thought she was safe because she was born free. It moved me to hope and outrage and back again.
Mina was such a beautiful character -- alternating feisty and heartwarming. In parts she was a "victim" of slavery, but she never gave up struggling to be free, to be the master of her own fate. She was smart and resilient and if she were real -- someone I would love to meet.
I have only listened to one other of Adenrele Ojo's performances and it was a minor role in the performance. I can honestly say that I cannot wait to hear her again. She is extremely expressive and a joy to listen to.
Aminata is the main character, but that isn't it what makes her the most memorable. Her wisdom is what makes her the most memorable. I was particularly touched with her recognition of the importance of "knowing someone's name." This was a gift she could give to others. Most of her life she had to make do with having her name shortened because others were (in my opinion) to lazy to learn it. In this sense she was dehumanized. But she took care with other's names and gave them the gift of not being forgotten. I loved towards the end when she has that gift given back to her in an unexpected way.
Inspiring! Relevant! Thoughtful!
In many ways, this reminds me of Sarah's Key. I suppose some of it is that they both deal with WWII, but I think both challenge the reader to think more deeply about human nature and the depths we can sink to but also to see the hope of change.
They all did an excellent job in narrating the story. I appreciated the use of multiple narrators to reflect different characters. They performed with great emotion.
Parts made me want to cry. I do not know how one can bear witness (granted this is fiction but it is based on facts) to the horrors of WWII and not feel remorse or horror or sadness. It also made me think about how I define myself. Sage defines herself in one way and fails to see all of the other facets of herself. We get to see her understand herself and her grandmother and the world.
It as seemed for awhile that the author has had a mold: family, hospital, law suit. In this book the author breaks away from that in a new and fresh way.
Definitely a book worth a second, third, or fourth listen!
The book also awakened me to the fact that there are Nazis (discovered or hidden) still in the United States. It made me do a little research. Sure, their country of origins do not want them back, but should they really be allowed to continue to collect Social Security and such? If their crimes had been known, they would not have been allowed in. They have in effect acted fraudulently and defrauded the US government and her citizens. Doing nothing seems like a crime for us as well.
I would not buy another book from the authors. They repeat the same things over and over. I know it is a true story, but the constant repetition made it feel like we were plodding along.
However, I do think that Patty Fogarty did a good job narrating.
As I stated above, the most disappointing thing was the repetition. I am a Christian, but the book was very "Christian-ese." The same words, phrases, stories were told over and over again. They prayed. They witnessed to the other prisoners. They stood up to their captors. They served.
Did they have any moments of despair? I do not mean that they doubted God, but I do believe that in such a situation one might wonder if they could continue.
I would have been interested to know more about their families while the authors were held captive.
She brings inflection and emotion that would be missed if just reading the same thing over and over.
It does make me sad that their are places in the world where people can be treated this way, that a government can be so corrupt.
Yes. I really enjoyed it.It was a good story that kept moving. It was clear that the aliens had a psychological understanding of humans that was chilling. It was also chilling how much each human desired to be rescued and instead of trusting themselves they abdicated.
Loved way the perspectives changed.
I was most enthralled twice -- when the main character is forced to discover just how far she will go to survive and with the unlikely and tender alliance she develops. I also liked the symbolism of the necklace.
Phoebe Strole did an excellent job. I was less enthused by Peter Espinoza. I know he had to do multiple characters, but he was less believable as the high school jock.
I would love to see what happens next!
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