This is not unlike some of Lisa See's other books - long Chinese girls making their way in the world, this time beginning in 1938 and moving through their lives together. Well written and enjoyable, as always.
I normally enjoy Jodi Long as a narrator, but this was not the book for her. I don't know her background, but she sounds like she's from the New York City area (which I am as well). Her accent, although not pronounced, is nonetheless still there. This, combined with the fact that she sounds older than her late teens or early twenties, made it really hard for me to imagine that her words were the thoughts and words of three young Chinese-American girls from Ohio and California. I know it sounds picky, but it was very distracting to me.
I would read another book by Greg Isles, but I doubt I would listen to another book read by Dick Hill. Perhaps it was the recording, and the not the narrator, but I couldn't hear half of what was being read when listening to this book in the car (which is where I do about 90% of my audiobook listening), even with the volume turned all the way up. The reader's attempt at a soft southern drawl often reduced the volume below the point of hearing, as did his voicing of the female characters. I've not had this problem with other audiobooks, so I don't think it was either my hearing or my system.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have enjoyed others. The descriptions of human and animal abuse were far too graphic, and the plot moved a bit slowly compared to some of his other books.
Someone with a more forceful voice.
Parts of it were good - suspenseful. I always enjoy Penn Cage books, although others more than this one.
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