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If you could sum up Come Unto These Yellow Sands in three words, what would they be?
Exciting, Relevant, Literate
What other book might you compare Come Unto These Yellow Sands to and why?
Any of Josh Lanyon's other novels, print or audio. They are all literate (also suspenseful, romantic and fun). Besides, Lanyon writes exciting, edge-of-your seat action scenes.
Have you listened to any of Paul Fleschner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely. When listened to all at one go, as I did yesterday on a long road trip, they may be even more suspenseful and compelling than when read chapter by chapter, which is what typically happens when one must put a printed book aside in the middle of things as the demands of daily life intrude.
Any additional comments?
The book’s title is a quote from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which is fitting for Sebastian Swift, the story’s protagonist, a literature professor who becomes a target when he tries to help one of his students who is suspected of murder. A great pleasure of the book is all the situationally relevant quotes of poets from Shakespeare to Eliot and e.e. cummings. One wonders if Josh Lanyon wishes he had been a professor of literature himself. Based on the evidence here, he’d probably be great at it. But you won’t need a poetry anthology beside you to enjoy the story, because it’s also packed with physical and romantic suspense. Download it for your next road trip, or for true listening pleasure anytime.
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What did you love best about Come Unto These Yellow Sands?
I read the book first and then listened to the audio.This is one of my favorite books, a very emotional read for me, i love the story, the characters, the mystery, everything. And it has humor and sweetness and a bit of sarcasm. I also love that every chapter begins with a "choose your own adventure" bit and these really add a fantastic new dimension to the story.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was suspenseful - both from the mystery view point and the development of the relationship between the main characters - Swift and Max.
Which character – as performed by Paul Fleschner – was your favorite?
Swift was my favorite character, the voice was exactly right for what i imagined for Swift, and it came alive for the "choose your own adventure" bits (a personal favorite), and, even more importantly, for the emotionally intense scenes. Paul Fleschner has done a wonderful job especially with those scene which are particularly difficult for the characters.
Who was the most memorable character of Come Unto These Yellow Sands and why?
Swift is the most memorable for me because of the painful journey he's going through, but i've come to appreciate Max on his own right as well as for being the perfect person for Swift.
Any additional comments?
It's a beautiful book. I highly recommend it!
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Come Unto These Yellow Sands is beautifully written, heartbreaking, intelligent, satisfying, overwhelming - a wonderful story. It went straight to my soul and amongst the top ten books I've ever read. Five stars feels too small amount, because this book has changed the way I see the world around me.
The narrator's soft, mature voice fits the story perfectly. I highly recommend.
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