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I read this book without knowing much about the story. The narrator was amazing. While it was only one narrator, it felt like more. I rank this performance alongside The Help & Matterhorn. Fantastic. It made the story. I don't think I would have been as enthralled with this story if I were reading it. The afterword with this 20th anniversary edition made me feel like there was closure. The last 10 minutes or so were added to the book with the author's thoughts on her book being banned. I would love to be able to write as concisely and eloquently as she did, but I won't even try.
This book is violent. It has candid references to sex and sexual slang. The characters have flaws. This is a fantastically crafted story that will make you uncomfortable...but the discomfort will make you hurt that much more for the main character.
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Where does Bastard Out of Carolina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Well written book but I could not finish. The first time I heard a child's sexual molestation by a step parent graphically described I had to quit the book. That is just me, and has nothing to do with the quality of writing.or, narration. I am certain it happens all the time but I tend to be an ostrich and do not need to hear it. The incident was part of the story and not written in for shock value.
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Before you buy, be aware this is at least a part of the story and if squeamish, do not purchase.
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This book did all the things book should do. It told me about group of people I knew nothing about, it made me feel compassion and anger. I could not stop listening. The narrator is wonderful.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is a book I would only recommended to people closest to me - it is such a private story and evokes such an emotional reaction, it is probably quite a 'heavy' book to recommend to anyone
What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I have read this book many times - the southern drawl of the narrator brings the story to life and adds great texture and atmosphere
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laughter, tears/hatred and empathy