I was skeptical after reading some of the reviews on this book - especially since it is a debut. Well, I sure am glad I decided to listen. The first 15 - 20 minutes almost convinced me that people must be right - but DON'T let those first few minutes sway you - have a few more minutes of patience and this book will grab you! Wow what a debut - I find it hard to think that Ms. Setterfield can top this!
I had so many emotions going on throughout this book!! It is depressing and sad; it is uplifting and heartwarming. Great performance and real history.
Can't get to the end. Never quit a book but I am about to quit this one!
The narration was fine.
This is a fantastic book. Yes, there is a bit of
a language barrier for the narrator (in various pronunciations) but I do not think it took away from the wonderful story in any way. The narrator's voice is so smooth and flowing that you cannot help but sink into this audible totally. I, like others, found that I just wanted to keep riding around instead of going home so I could keep listening. (Not a good thing to get in the habit of with gas prices so high.)
I have never read anything else by this author so I was skeptical about this book but it was delightful. It is rich in "signs of the time" and the reality of a child's imagination that is trying to cope with pressures and guilt, most of it self-imposed out of a sense of responsibility. Trevanian has captured the essence of growing up in poverty in a small city. I found so many things that related to my own childhood that at times I could still feel the burden and I think the only escape was to develop a rich imagination. I hated the story to end. A lot of books written about this time frame are written from a rural setting and we see how hard it is to run the farm or make a living from the land - this gives an urban view from the eyes of an intelligent ambitious young boy.
I have NOT listened to this audiobook but I read the hard copy when it came out and it was gripping. I can only imagine that if it is narrarated well, it will be a thrilling audio.
I read reviews from other sites and decided to have a listen anyway -
"This was the worst book I think I've ever had on audio - and that would be many." I guess the "overall" story was alright but the narration was terrible. The details seemed meaningless AND endless - this is the first book I wished I had downloaded the abridged version of!
No, it's not an intense drama about DC life or the funniest book I've ever read but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Yes, the character pretends she's armless, blind and stricken with various other anomalies but who of us haven't wondered what life would be like if we were stricken? So Sammy plays them out a little. She's a young girl living on her own in a new and fast paced situation and she has a hard time thinking she's worthy of such a position. It's comical and I found myself laughing several times on my way to work - that itself has to be a feat! She does get in some sneaky political statements but they even tend to provoke a smile. It's great for a lighthearted listen.
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