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Just wow. This story encompasses so much I would completely fail at an adequate synopsis of any kind. First though, narration. Matt Godfrey has made my list of top 5 best narrators. I would happily purchase anything read by him as I believe he could make even the most intolerable writing sound amazing. His characters are so distinct. I just loved hearing the way he read James and Queenie in particular. Yes. This is 30 hours long. But it isn’t a grueling day to day account. The story spans decades and sometimes years pass in chunks. I was never bored or felt like the story was tedious in any way. I loved every minute. Each character is incredibly unique and I enjoyed getting to know them. I am typically a fan of horror/creepy type novels. This one satisfies some part of that but not to a great extent. There are some somewhat gruesome descriptions but they are few. Mostly I was happily drawn into the Caskey family and was sorry when it all came to an end. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would.
33 of 34 people found this review helpful
At first the narrator put me off this book. Because it was written by one of my top 2 authors, I pushed through. I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved the character development. So in depth that I became completely invested in each individual's story. The story had me totally enraptured from front to back. There are SO many facets to this thing that I'd be remiss to TRY to begin to tell. USE YOUR CREDIT HERE!
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This book is an oddity. Its the history of an extended family, the Caskeys, and the Alabama town of Perdido that they live in, over a period of 60 years. In the 80's this book was released as a series of books that have been collected and released as a single volume. I was an avid horror reader back in the day and I've never heard of the books but with a recommendation by Stephen King I took a punt. There are some great characters (like To Kill a Mockingbird.) and interesting situations, punctuated by moments of real horror.
I think this will be a marmite book. You will love it, or hate it. It maybe a little to leisurely for some people but I loved it and a thirty hour listen for a credit, is always worth investing in.
A good narration of literally hundreds of characters by Matt Godfrey.
So sad that it's over...made me laugh, cry and afraid. what a rollercoaster of a story.
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