We listened to the entire trilogy while traveling by car through the South recently, including the Delta. My wife and I had both read these books years ago and loved them, but there is something enchanting about the narration by Joe Barrett. He has a pleasant "country" voice and (with a couple of minor exceptions) gets the dialect and the wordplay. These are hilariously funny books, in their ways, especially The Town and The Hamlet.
Ratliff, of course. Ratliff is the moral center and primary narrator of this part of the trilogy. He plays a critical role in the story and provides humor and humanity.
No, but this was wonderful.
No, I don't think that's possible.
I'm not sure why the performance rating on this book is so low. This is a wonderfully performed book, and kept my enthralled despite the fact that I'd already read the book. Mr. Barrett's interpretation of the characters is brilliant and his intonation and inflection make for a very entertaining read. He really brings the characters to life. If you have not read the first two books in the trilogy, this book will not make any sense to you. You owe it to yourself to listen to The Hamlet and The Town before you listen to and comment on this book.
Joe Barrett does a fantastic job. He does make a couple of regional mispronunciations: Cairo is pronounced like "kay-ro" not "ki-ro" and there were a couple of other ones, but no big deal.
The funniest tragedy you've ever seen!
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