I rate this as a 3 and not a 4 because it was just so graphic with the depictions of abuse. To be honest, though, I really had to listen to the whole thing. It was a compelling story, but the pathological acts of the adults were just too much to bear.
Typical Ken Follett
The good guy (almost) always wins. Plus, you can tell Follett does his homework, I always learn something new from reading Follett books.
I always love John Lee, he does well differentiating different character voices.
Five families, four countries, World War II
Dear John Lee, please call me before you do another Buffalo accent! I am a Buffalo native (who has moved away and come back) so I know how the Buffalo accent sounds. Daisy and Greg sounded like gangsters from Brooklyn in a 1930s film . Buffalo's accent is more mid-western, less NYC. The accent you used was so wrong I laughed outloud, which then made me feel bad, because I really love your work.
I love Civil War stories, and this one does not disappoint - there is brutal detail in the story that only reminds us that a mere century and a half ago (or so) we were a savage people who did nnot understand the importance of basic hygiene, much less the equality of women (and race).
The narrator does make some mistakes that I feel were silly, but the story is not predictable and the heroine is not typical - these factors set this period piece apart from others set in this era.
In all, a story that is challenging, yet intriguing, fulfilling, yet merciless in the details of war. This book is not for the feint of heart, but is satisfying if you stay with it.
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