I think this story was just dull. I listened to all but the last hour and could go long periods of time without noticing it. The genre and idea could have been good but nothing happens. The girl moves in, they hide someone, the son becomes estranged....but for some reason none of it touched me in any way.
Don't get all the glowing reviews. There are plenty of other tragedies you can listen to that will be more interesting.
He is one of the best narrators I have listened to. I am not sure if I have heard anything else he has read.
I bounce all over Audible listening to this author and that, this genre and that. The only author that keeps me listening in my driveway after my commute home is Stephen King. I don't know why his stories grip me, but they do.
The story was just boring. At first I was into it because it felt like a great view into the world of slavery from both viewpoints. That aspect grabbed me immediately because it is just so hard to imagine the horrors of being a slave.
But as the story meandered (and it does lots of that), I just put the headphones down (3/4 of the way through). First the language was very hard for me to follow. Second I expected the story to go somewhere, which it didnt.
The performance was excellent - Very Much like the Help with multiple character voices.
We watched The Pacific series on HBO, which was a bit hard to follow. Of course the series is pretty much based on this book and after listening to it, perhaps we will re-watch the HBO version and follow it much better.
The story is, of course, excellent and riveting. The experience of all soldiers during WW II is beyond a civilian's comprehension, but this book does a better job than others of detailing the true horrors of warfare. I would recommend this listen to all particularly as we near July 4 celebrations to remind all of us the sacrifice so many have made (and continue to make) for those of use enjoying the freedom they provide.
Narrator was good and I found the story compelling..if not a bit creepy. The story itself is a bit unsettling probably because one could imagine our current strife in the Middle East unfolding in such a manner. I also found the United States' internal division quite interesting (if not a bit paranoid) in light of our response to the attacks on September 11. I could imagine a similarly amplified response to the tragedies unleashed in this story.
Worth a credit in my humble opinion.
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