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E. Lynn Harris has a formula for writing that always seems to work and is fairly predictable! I suppose he sticks to the adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
It is a story of a young man, his mother's love and her secrets, a deceitful woman, and a number of good men! As predicted, the book will make you laugh, sigh, think and remember (if you ever were in college).
The story is told with 3 narrators, 2 are women and the only down side for me, was the male narrator who attempted to produce a southern male voice. At the beginning, his interpretation was awful! The male narrator sounded more like a antebellum southern slave, who makes attempts to speak like a 1870's white southerner! It was quite obviously fake and this made it quite annoying. I wondered why the producer of the audio did not find an authentic southern male narrator instead of selecting someone who did not have a natural southern accent. I almost gave up on the book within the first couple of chapters. However, eventually the male narrator gave up the pretense and used a more natural college aged male voice and it flowed much better, was more believable.
The story itself has enough twists to keep you listening and reacting as a good story book should. All in all, not Mr. Harris' best, but not his worst either!
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Smitten with The Help, I sought out more of narrator Bahni Turpin's work. The listening-snippet provided by Audible of Just Too Good to Be True is admittedly intriguing. The book as a whole, however, is another story. Reminiscent of a sixth grader's writing, Harris's attempt at working slang into the dialog is clich? and unrealistic. Excessive descriptions do nothing to liven or advance the story. Do we need to know every item each character is wearing at all times? Do we need recycled descriptions of each character's skin tone? Cinnamon toast, caramel, chocolate milk...we get it, we get it...everybody in Harris's novel is attractive, like the African-American version of Melrose Place. And like a TV melodrama, this book is all fluff. If Harris focused less on irrelevant details and more on developing a story, Just Too Good... Might've had some potential. As it is, however, I find this story to be a total disappointment.
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