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Brian Hodge's Oasis is the story of an ancient blood feud between Viking chiefs, one who worships the old gods, and the other who has been converted to Christianity. But that's far in the background, for 3/4 of the book we are treated to an idyllic story of teens coming of age in the Midwest, yearning to discover their adulthoods. This first part of the book reminded me of Summer of Night or Stand By Me, a heartfelt tale of true friendship and bonding in late adolescence. I enjoyed the characters, who were vivid and distinct. Paul Heitsch's narration provides distinction between the characters so that I was never confused about who was speaking. The narration is musical and coherent, which allowed me to see the story played out in my mind's eye, this the experience I want from an audiobook.
What could have been a potboiler, contemporary fantasy, turned out to pack an emotional punch I was not expecting. So the book stayed with me long after the last chapter ended. This is not Raiders of the Lost Runestone. It displays a keen literary talent, though the story drags somewhat in the middle of the book, when only a few flourishes of the evil awaiting the heroes are shown. It doesn't build like a horror/thriller, but the ending is spectacularly fiery. I recommend this book highly.
The title seems odd and doesn't compliment the contents of the story.
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Where does Oasis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Almost everything. There were a few times I really wanted to change a character decision for then. A lot of this book is focused on the summer before freshman college and has a lot of the all American teenager in it. (Male lead characters, but as a female, the shorty also speaks to me.) The supernatural is a big part of it, but it is much more than just a ghost story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Oasis?
The last chapter with Aaron, where he and Will d
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the realism of the family Thanksgiving gathering. It wasn't hallmark, it was real life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, if I had found the time.
Any additional comments?
I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book. I like to read all kinds of genres however and so took the chance. I certainly don't regret it. Highly recommend.
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