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Doxology

A Novel
By: Nell Zink
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A recommended book of 2019 from Vulture and Esquire.

Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arrivals - a daughter for Pam and Daniel, a solo hit single for Joe. As the ‘90s wane, the three friends share in one another’s successes, working together to elevate Joe’s superstardom and raise baby Flora.

On September 11, 2001, the city’s unfathomable devastation coincides with a shattering personal loss for the trio. In the aftermath, Flora comes of age, navigating a charged political landscape and discovering a love of the natural world. Joining the ranks of those fighting for ecological conservation, Flora works to bridge the wide gap between powerful strategists and ordinary Americans, becoming entangled ever more intimately with her fellow activists along the way. And when the country faces an astonishing new threat, Flora’s family will have no choice but to look to the past - both to examine wounds that have never healed and to rediscover strengths they have long forgotten.

At once an elegiac takedown of today’s political climate and a touching invocation of humanity’s goodness, Doxology offers daring revelations about America’s past and possible future that could only come from Nell Zink, one of the sharpest novelists of our time.

©2019 Nell Zink (P)2019 HarperAudio

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A retro-hippie earth mother, an '80s hipster dad, and a rock god babysitter
"This story did not go where I expected it would when I first started listening. These punk band wannabe, Lower-East-Side social dropouts are far from stereotypical misanthropes. In fact, they’re not misanthropes at all, they’re kind and thoughtful and really uncool at heart. And while I would have openly welcomed a straightforward Gen-X take on things like 9/11 and Trump, it’s not that either. There’s a lot of nuance, and some truly inspired perspective coming from the Baby Boomer and Millennial characters too (something that narrator Eileen Stevens captures perfectly!). It’s multigenerational and sweeping, but at the same time super focused on this one small group of characters—a story about a family making its way in the world that reflects the recent past and present day in a totally fresh way."—Tricia F., Audible Editor

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It took a few minutes to get used the the reader. After that I was part of the story, till the end. It is about new beginnings, always taking place in the present. Feels like the essence of Hannah Arendt's THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM.

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Narration was so troubling I couldn't finish!

So, I admit that I have only listed to 3 hours of this book but, honestly, that's all I could take. The narrator is very difficult to listen to. Way too much vocal fry, the cadence is awkward and her inflection is just annoying (for lack of a better term).
Since I have only listened to the first 1/4 of the book, I can only review that. (maybe it gets better?) I found the writing a bit tough to wade through, it felt clumsy while trying hard to be clever. The story itself was OK.
This is one of a few books I had to stop listening to because the narration was awful. I would suggest going the old school route on this one and actually reading it yourself.

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