©1996 David Guterson; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I think the print version was better, but I usually do for any book.
A bit distracting
The reader's frequent mispronunciation of words was distracting, and was his speaking as young men and girls was a bit annoying. I don't think I would get another book narrated by him.
"An excellent read and an excellent novel"
I recommend the audio version. The reading is first rate, sensitive, gentle and a decent rendition of the different dialogue voices.
I rarely read courtroom dramas or watch courtroom films. They are nearly always too simplistic and one-sided. This one is the even-handed so you can understand and appreciate the position of all the different people involved.
I thoroughly recommend this. It portrays the community beautifully and gives a very satisfying feeling of being in touch with the universal humanity of the many different interconnected lives it traces.
"Compelling if unusual book"
This is an unusual mxiture of a books - part detective mystery/courtroom drama, part love story, part social commmentary on racism towards Japanese immigrants to America during WWII and beyond. Rather bleak and you know that anything close to a happy ending is going to be hard to resolve - perhaps a homage to the Oriental approach to narrative where the 'happy ending' is not so much the boy and girl riding off into the sunset together but the knowledge that they have endured suffering with honour and not disgraced themselves or their families. But a very moving and very compelling book.
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