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  • The Unquiet Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Roger Casey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P. D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in 19th-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good

  • By hayloft27 on 09-16-17

Good story but readers not up to par

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

McCrumb's books always are well-researched, and she's a wonderful storyteller, so I was looking forward to hearing (instead of reading) this. However, the readers, especially the male narrator, are flat. The female voice ends every sentence in a sigh/gasp. The male is simply reading, making it hard to discern which character is speaking, and he has the task of reading different characters. (The female reads only one character's part, which is in the first person, so it was easier to follow the story.) This experience makes me appreciate anew the readers who bring characters alive, especially those readers who have some acting background. I also know now to listen to to the samples before purchasing.