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Would you try another book from Jim Crace and/or John Keating?
I really like Jim Crace, but I have to say that John Keating is not up to the task of reader. He has a wonderful voice, but he reads in short phrases that often don't have the correct intonation to convey the meaning of the sentence. It's almost as though he's reading the text for the first time and doesn't know where the sentence is heading. The story itself is tragic and sad, with a narrator who is complicated and somewhat infuriating.
Would you recommend Harvest to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend this if there was a different reader. It describes the time in England when the commons were "enclosed," and the effect on the peasantry. Makes a historical footnote real.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
No one in their right mind would enjoy this book.
What was most disappointing about Jim Crace’s story?
The main character was despicable, weak, and self-absorbed. The story droned on and on, and made little or no sense most of the time.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator had to work with what he was given -- NOTHING! Only a better story could have improved this performance.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Harvest?
All of them.
Any additional comments?
This book was so bad I felt compelled to write a review as a courtesy and warning to my fellow listeners.
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