For most of the book I have mixed feelings about it, but toward the end is where the author really lost me. I thought the different stories/visits were pretty good, with some of the morals at the end of each section a bit over the top. It was the close parallels to Christianity and the random departures where I stopped listening. (Spoiler Alert...) When the angel mentioned the eternal punishment was where the person was chained to a mirror to watch over and over again all the things that they didn't do/take advantage of, that was it for me. Maybe if the arch-angel's name wasn't Gabriel and if he didn't refer to the Father, maybe then I could have equated the 7th visit to some made up fantasyland, but being a Christian and seeing that condemned people are those who didn't fulfill all the things in their life that they could have seemed rather ridiculous. I know it's just a story, but the truth is that those condemned by God are those who have broken God's law not those who didn't pray long enough to get a mattress or find the cure for some disease.
This is a book with a good storyline ... albeit a true one. If you're looking for an enjoyable and fun story this is it.
I thought he did a decent job at the voices of the different characters. Although, at times he sounded very "white", especially after talking like one of the slaves. ... who knows, maybe that was a purposeful literary device. :-)
I didn't realize until after I started listening to the book that it was the best selling novel of the 19th century. The story is good, although at times it can meander. I can see why this book would drive home the immorality of slavery, and become unpopular in the South (and probably in the North as well).
I liked that this audiobook was narrated by Joel Salatin. He personalized it in a way that only an author could. This book is eye-opening for people who don't know what a mess that well-intentioned government officials have created. But it also gives practical suggestions that anyone can do to make a change.
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