This book has a great idea, but for my taste, it's poorly executed.
Firstly, I think it needs editing for length... There is no need for this book to be 33hrs, there is just not enough substance.
Secondly, there is too much graphic violence in this book. I personally avoid graphic violence in movies and books and some of the scenes made me feel sick to my stomach, so I ended up deleting it from my device about half way through.
This genre is not my wheelhouse at all.
Therefore I am very surprised about how much I enjoyed this.
Saroo's story is incredible and I especially enjoyed the first half the book.
I do feel that the book needs some serious editing and could easily do with 100 pages less.
This book is not an easy read. Pretty much each character in this book is a complete asshole. It's full of racism, antisemitism, anti gay, anti feminism and everything else under the sun. It's properly going to drain you to read it.
But it's going to give you a glimpse of how life was in Atlanta in the early 70s and it was really an eye opener for me.
On top of all of the above, it's a really good story and has you read this book fast, even though it's not easy.
I listened to the Audible version of this and the narrator was excellent!
This book is enjoyable and funny.
It touches on a lot of topics which it needed to tell the story, but it also felt a little discombobulated due to it. Also while Tourettes is such a big part of his life it is being ignored completely in some parts of the book.
I did appreciate the book references and added several of them to my 'want to read' list.
I really appreciated the author to be so outspoken about his doubts concerning his belief. Most people don't do that because they typically get scolded for questioning religion.
This is an incredible story of survival of a young woman and it's very much worth sharing with the world.
It also focused on how hard and lengthy the recovery is of an individual that once lived in slavery, especially for somebody that was enslaved at such a young age. Quite honestly, I have never even thought about that aspect of slavery.
Nevertheless, I gave this particular book "only" three stars because is was missing a fluent storytelling and the Audible format had some editing issues that were very distracting at times.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it while hiking and I had to laugh out loud several times or said oh-oh to myself, depending on the situation.
This is a quick read that makes you want to visit Botswana!
The book started out slow. I was pretty lost the first couple of chapters and then the story started clicking.
I thought that the plot was really good and had just enough twist and turns. The fact that every character besides the barkeep is a complete drunk was a little distracting. Sometimes the dialogs didn't feel like they push the plot forward, just made the plot linger. Also the end was a little weird and I didn't care for it that much.
Overall, this book was a nice surprise. The narrator of the Audible made the story come to life.
At a little over half of the book, I am just very delighted with the story. The main character Cassandra who is leading us through the story in her perspective is smart and sweet. At one point she says that she is 17, looking younger and feeling older... I am paraphrasing here. This sentence just so completely describes her.
Of course the "heroine" had to fall... and actually didn't fall at all. She continued to be open to her journal, even when it was uncomfortable and stayed honest to herself and mostly with others.
In the end, we have a happy and and then a not so happy end... which was perfect.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
For the Audible version of this story: I really didn't like the narrator's try to do an American accent.
Throughout the language was beautiful, the main character seemed very pure through all of it.
I tore through this Audio Book in two days over two long hikes.
I liked it, but I am still contemplating if I liked it enough to continue on with the series.
Thinking about why I didn't give this 4 stars, the only thing that comes to mind was that it kept on going and going... you thought you finally at the conclusion of the story and then there was another layer and yet another layer, but for whatever reason, I didn't care for it.
I picked this book up as an Audible daily deal and later read that this is a classic.
The main character is interesting with his coldness and insensitivity... it made me think, that he uncomplicates life a lot with this thinking. But I was also thinking, that somebody like this would be called a sociopath nowadays.
Still, I might not have gotten the pure core of it... since I can't see why this is a classic.
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