But Addie had a long history of abuse that colored her world and everyone who entered it. And Zackery fell for Addie completely, until his personal demons, unleashed in the desert of Iraq, combined with hers in a perfect storm of violence that shocked evn rough-and-tumble New Orleans.
©2009 Ethan Brown; (P)2009 Phoenix
"Heartbreaking." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brown creates a riveting portrait of a gruesome crime while detailing the heart of a city in distress. A grim...story delivered with skill and verve." (Kirkus Reviews)
The description of this audio book drew me in. After listening for about an hour, though, I thoroughly regretted my purchase. This story would perhpas be worthy of a seven-to-ten page magazine article; the author has spun it out into a whole book by adding tedious background factoids and glorified parentheticals that are irrelevant to the storyline and do not move it along at all.
There's not much of a story here to start with. The reader is not particularly good. Save your money and/or Audible member credit for something better.
The whole story is told in the introduction, and the details of the book don't really add much of interest. The reader reads with too much expression, as though he's reading to children, or giving a sermon. At the end are three hours of the story of New Orleans, but I'm not going to listen to all of it. Enough already.
The story is such a compelling one, I didn't need the author's opinion on the state of society and politics in the wake if Katrina.
Tell more about Addie, and less opinion.
This book could have been more focused and much shorter. There are many tangents that don't tie back into the story. While some details about NO are needed, this is just overkill. During the second half of the book, I felt as if I was reading a story about post Katrina NO. The crime took a back seat.
Maybe a short piece or newspaper article he has written. However, it is unlikely that I would read another one of his books.
The reader read as if he was reading a novel, not an investigative reporting piece. It could have been better if he adapted to the material.
Frustration and disappointment. As I stated before, the second half of the book seemed to be a post Katrina NO narrative. It would have also been good to have more information about Addy. The book seemed very unbalanced with its emphasis on Zach.
The book provides some insight into what may have caused Zack Bowen to snap as he did.
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