The Orphans of Race Point

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa on 06-13-14

WOW - emotional and gripping

This is the first novel that I have read/listened to by Patry Francis. I loved how the story spanned so many decades. I especially like how the narrator did all the children's voices and then moved into adulthood. The snarkiness but empathy with Mila was really impressive in the very last part of the book. I felt like I could hear my own teenager in her sarcastic yet vulnerable state. That's great writing. I could not believe that she let her mom go the first time though!!!! That was really, really frustrating at first.

I'd recommend this for a summer beach day!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Isaac on 05-22-14

Blown Away!

If you could sum up The Orphans of Race Point in three words, what would they be?

Epic, Mysterious, Romantic

Have you listened to any of Cobb Amanda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This narrator was terrific. I have listened to other books by her, but I think she is really coming into her own and doing more precise character voices which is really fun to hear. So great with the Portuguese! And shifting narrators? Points of view? Children's voices!? That takes skill, man. Awesome!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I admit that I teared up once or twice, but I felt more outrage at the brutality of the circumstances. And the father with the kid at the end!? How could the daughter still be so nice to him!?? ARGH.

Any additional comments?

Great ride. It sucked me in.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 05-28-14

The Orphans of Race Point

Ms. Cobb's excellent narrative skills make this saga of love, murder, and faith a novel you will want to listen to for hours on end! Her skillful voices and accents -- and the professional ease with which she narrates -- captivate the listener and quickly draw him/her into the hearts and minds of the characters. (Her portrayal of Mia is especially outstanding!) Nice!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Walda J. Letson on 06-28-15

Refreshing and funny

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely!! I loved the story and the performance of the person reading this delightful story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved both the young men and their spirit and determination. I laughed throughout their entire journey.

What about Cobb Amanda’s performance did you like?

Her perfect accent and ability to put the right temperament into the voices of the young men.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A funny and adventurous story two young men.

Any additional comments?

Just a real feel good book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By jorodee on 04-26-17


Story is interesting enough with some twists, however having grown up in Provincetown and graduating PHS in 1976, I found some serious flaws in the production: 1. Name pronunciations: Costa is pronounced cawstah, NOT coeshtah. Silva is pronounced silva, NOT seeeeeelvah.... and so on. No one ever (except perhaps our great-grandparents) pronounced each other's names with accents. Ever. Those aren't even Portuguese names, they were names given by immigration officials at Ellis island because they couldn't pronounce the names our grandparents had. No one from town attended Nauset Regional High School in the 70s because school choice was not in effect around here until the 1990s. And NRHS is located in EastHAM, not (sniff) Eastum. I'll stop there but my point is that more research should have been performed before the narration was begun. The butchering of all that and more was distracting and irritating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eileen on 12-01-16

Fabulous story

This was an outstanding book. I highly recommend it. It is told from several viewpoints so well

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