I bought this audiobook because I really liked most of Tom Franklin's early work, particularly his short story collection. I am a little worried that the early promise is falling short, although I admit that my expectations may be too high, or unrealistic.
This story is driven so hard by historical events, it seems to me, that the characters themselves are slaves to those events and are not really free to become real people (as opposed to fictional characters, which they do become). I think the plot is driven too often by the need to reach a certain end, and not by the logic of the characters themselves. You can see the events coming too far in advance. The storytelling itself is certainly credible and makes you want to continue listening, but the fact that the characters are flimsy disappoints.
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