I happened to listen to this book whenever I needed a break (to cool off my smoking brain) from Michio Kaku's Parallel Worlds. Coincidence? You be the judge ;>) I found this book engrossing. At times I wondered if I was listening to the inside story of a schizophrenic's illness, at other times I wondered if the whole thing was just one big metaphor, and at still other times the impending end of the world faded to the background and I just witnessed the lives of the characters. For anyone who likes to ponder the imponderable, this book is wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking. (I wish the title did not have the exclamation mark in it. It cheapens the weight of the story and the ideas. I don't know why that matters, except that everything does...)
I loved this book and Kingsolver's narration. The story of a half American boy growing up in revolutionary Mexico and then caught up in the McCarthy Era kept my attention throughout, as long as it is. Not all authors are successful as readers of their audio books, but Kingsolver certainly is in this case. Her voice is easy to listen to, and the way she uses accents clearly distinguishes the various voices and points of view in the story. Immediately upon finishing, I started again at the beginning. A great companion for this book is The Hummingbird's Daughter, also narrated by its author, Luis Urrea. It takes place in the period of history preceding the time of The Lacuna. I've already listened to that book 3 times, but this one makes me want to go back to The Hummingbird's Daughter and read straight through to the end of the Lacuna. Both highly recommended, especially because of the view into the culture and history of Mexico.
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