Ms. Angelou recites the poem she wrote for the inauguration of Pres. Clinton. I saw it on TV but this listening enabled me to understand and absorb the riveting work. THEN there are other poems!
As usual, there were vivid characters, but the ending was rushed and not particularly convincing. Lots of interesting potential story points were never developed.
While the story line portends WWII events, this switching of the primary scene to a college and having Maisie teach took momentum out of the story. There was too much "and then she walked to the main hall" in this for me. Many of the relationships with other characters fell flat.
But,, it was an OK listen.
Conjecture on day-to-day military details that gave the civil war a different point of view.
Hmm. Harry Bosch spent many hours in parent angst. Rather distracting to OK story line. No heart in this one.
While reading the novel would be riveting, listening to it performed is a moving, exquisite experience. Hearing the Khmer words woven into the text makes the reader feel more involved in the country and culture. Unlike some of the other works about the toxic revolution in Cambodia, this book does not focus solely on the physical violence, blood, and gore until the end. Even then, it portrays anarchy and evil in a manner that allows the reader to stay with the story. Perhaps this makes the situation more disturbing, if that is possible.
What emerges is a the portrayal of a gracious and beautiful culture whose destruction is beyond comprehension. However, the grace and hope that is described in the book makes one admire and honor the survivors.
Good story showing the hideousness of racism but The South is/was not monolithic. Good Sheriff, Bad Sheriff who discovered the secret, and Good Sheriff stories tied together effectively. Ending was subtle and excellent.
The opening and initial premise was good, but the story and writing fell flat. I nearly did not finish it because of the repetitive "I cried" and "tears rolled down my cheeks" which had very little to do with the story.
So: not a good mystery; not a good thriller; not even a good sex and romance. Chopped up with "red herring" type of ending.
This attempts to be a novel noir, but it becomes just boring. Not particularly well written and the ending is so forced. Some dramatic themes are just left hanging in the air.
Smith writes a new iteration of the same story, but it is enjoyable and the narrator was good.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Narration was terrific! New author, awarded, look forward to more.
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