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  • The Tilted World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

    Jen says: "Oh My Word, Oh My Word"
    "Falls short"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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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