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Normally not a book I would have purchased it came highly recommended by a friend and was also my introduction to Audible. I was quite surprised to find that I very much enjoyed this story. The reader was excellent and while she does create voices for the characters I did not find it interrupting the flow of the story. She is actually quite good at maintaining consistency from character to character and the audio quality was excellent.
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'Baker Towers" is a female centric take on one Polish Italian family whose lives are dominated by the coal mines of Bakerton, Penn. and the two towers of debris that the mines generate. After the death of their father, caused indirectly by the mines, the five Novack children are determined to escape his fate by running as far away as possible. Of course they are not able to go very far without being pulled back by family issues and their own guilt and loneliness. This all takes place during W.W. Two and it's aftermath. America is changing and the role of men and women are changing also. I have read this tale a lot, but usually it doesn't fail to gripe me. This time 'Baber Tower' misses the mark by a mile.
Unlike John O'Hara's best novels about the upwordly strivings people of the working class in the mining towns of Pennsavania, the Novak children are a pretty boring bunch. We watch them go from loveless marriage's to self imposed alienation without generating a flicker of independence. Even after one daughter defies convention and becomes the lover of a divorced man, she does it in such secrecy and with so little passion that it's hard to feel any interest. All the characters are so poorly drawn that I found myself confusing who was who even after seven of it's eight hour or so length.
While I usually like female narrators more then men, Anna Fields was not even up tp differentiating the woman from each other. I don't even think it was her fault. They all sounded and acted alike.
All in all a waste of my time.
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