A sprawling 33-chapter dark-romantic epic; a story of interracial love and friendship, of gains and losses, of death and the triumph of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles.
The Crady family, the wealthiest in the region, once owned the Jones family, of which the Kings are a part. Generations later, Mark Crady and T.L. King have been friends longer than either of them can remember. Once Mark falls in love with T.L.'s little sister, Shylah, he is unsure of how to proceed. He does not know whether his friendship can be sustained through the sudden and drastic change of taking on his newfound quest of love while juggling the impending death of his bigoted father and keeping alive the family business that provides the livelihoods of many, including his best friend and his best friend's father and uncle.
Disclaimer: There is language in this audiobook that some may find inappropriate or even insulting. The purpose of said language, particularly, one word that is used as to insult an entire race of people, is not meant for that reason but to show the negativity behind the word, the stupidity of the word, and the misinformation and bigotry that it carries with it. The three characters that use said word display such negativity and hatred by its usage; one of them holds hope of mending his ways while the other two do not. There was no other purpose in the usage of this word, but to prove how backward and uneducated those that use it truly are. No offense is meant to anyone, but only a lesson to all who might not see the horrid effects of language and action.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Dunno, not much really. Felt like the writer thought I was a fool and the reader forced every word out of his nose, much too dramatic for a simple love story. The writer kept repeating his words, ideas and lines over and over and over.
What do you think your next listen will be?
The book certainly did not increase my interest in anything, but I've always been interested in history and ethnic matters, that's why I got the book in the first place.
Would you be willing to try another one of J. Rodney Turner’s performances?
No, the author did not present any information in an interesting way, on the contrary. And the reading wasn't good either. Really felt like I've wasted my money.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Forced and over dramatized. Specific narrator always irritated me, I've listened to quite a number of books narrated by him.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The author pulls you into his exciting story of love between Mark and Shylar. The powerful love between the couple helped them overcome many obstacles. True friendships and the love of Shylar's family helped Mark through many bad times. Under the Cypress Moon is a wonderful love story!! J. Rodney Turner is an excellent narrator.
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What would have made Under the Cypress Moon better?
I could not finish this book if I tried. It read like a ten year old was the writer. I can not last remember the last time I have every. A grown man acting like a teenage book on his first date, horrible writing.
What was most disappointing about Jason Wallace’s story?
What didn’t you like about J. Rodney Turner’s performance?
His voice was very agonizing to listen too.
What character would you cut from Under the Cypress Moon?
All of them!