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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's a topical and relevant story especially with the current state of racial relations we have in our country today. I became engrossed in the interaction between Molly and her family members.
What did you like best about this story?
The insight from a woman's point of view of growing up in the South in the 60's.
Which character – as performed by Angela L. Rice – was your favorite?
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What did you love best about Death in the Delta?
I loved a few things: The history, the way folks lived in The South back then: the style of dress, etiquette, hierarchy, juke joints, food and the generosity, too. The author includes scenic and social details. She walks the listener through the story and makes me feel as though I am right there with her, tirelessly trying to uncover the facts and witness accounts surrounding her surprise discovery: that the murder of two black men in 1946 may have been carried out by her white, alcoholic father before she was born. She could have chosen to dismiss the entire incident - most people would have - but instead she chose to delve deep into the dark family secret.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in the Delta?
Besides the author's extensive research surrounding the 1946 murders in Anguilla, Mississippi, she also met and became friends with some of the family members of the murder victims.
She also describes the tragedy of her father's alcoholism, what propelled it and where that lifestyle ultimately led him.
She gets involved in community charity work to learn about people with drug addictions to understand more about her father and the demons he may have faced but never sought help or spoke about. I thought the author's decision to spend the night in her late father's apartment while she was cleaning out his apartment, discovering important documents and mementos was quite brave. She stayed on task even though it was very difficult for her to do.
What does Angela L. Rice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator has a pleasant, easy to listen to voice and adds the right kind of tone and emphasis where the story requires.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Learning about her father's service to our country while in the Army was moving. He flew fifty-two missions in a B-17 from Africa to Italy during WWII. He also had great writing ability and took the time to write back home, describing his days in carefully worded detail without including the graphic nature of war. He also poured his heart out about how much he missed and loved his family, which I found moving.
Any additional comments?
It should be a particularly interesting book for those born and raised in The South (like me) or for those interested in becoming Southerners.
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