This books is so good that throughout the reading, I wished I had bought the paper version to read so I could savor the writing. It left me thinking, "I wish I could write like that!" The story is original, entertaining, and thought provoking. I have recommended it to everyone I know.
Most of the readers are great. The voice of the main character is delightful, but I found the voice of the grandfather to be slightly irritating and when he read I anxiously waited for the other characters to reappear. Other than that the book struck a perfect note.
Even though the story is engaging, it's not the story, it's the writing which is pitch perfect with each character finely drawn. I was totally absorbed on my commute. I even sat in my car in the parking lot many times to hear just a little more before I went in to work. All of my emotions were at work during this read and I loved it!
This is not the type of book I usually listen to, but I'm so glad I did. The book is sometimes difficult to listen to because often the events which shape the young character's life are cruel. The author does not sugarcoat the racism and cruelty which existed in that time and place. He uses these extreme events to shape the life of the main character and move the book forward to a well earned conclusion. This book is worth the effort. It is beautifully written, thought provoking, expertly read,and thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed all of it and hated to see it end.
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