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Amazing book and very well narrated. The 'flaws' in the book are, I think, a result of the experiment of writing a 60 hour novel. There is repetition. There is possibly some variation in quality. There's an entire chapter convincingly written and read in a made up, Lucy-Lips creole. But the poetic descriptive passages, the scope and scale of the enterprise, and the love, so evidently held by the author for his setting, completely outweigh any minor gripes.
This is a love story whose central character is a town. The author mourns his town and rages against the abuses that have been made against it and, chip firmly and justifiably on shoulder, against its historic and continual maltreatment by authority.
At times you could be listening to James Joyce, at other times Neil Gaiman. At all times, the images conjured by the writing and telling, are what remain in the memory.
Get this audiobook, stick with it, and I think it will be one of your most memorable journeys with Audible. For me, I am going visit Northampton and walk its streets, visit its churches and drink in some pubs while keeping an eye on the corners and angles.
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I can't sing the praises of this book high enough. An incredible telling of history of the average person from an under privelaged area. Phenomenal story telling from both author and narrator. Loved all 60 odd hours of it. Will definitely read again.
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