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This starts out seeming incomprehensible, but the plot, with flashback memories, and more, just grab you. I loved BROKEN FOR YOU, her first book, and now have added this one to my favorites. Kallos has woven so many complex things into this story and ties them all to the tornado that takes Hope Jones away forever from her family. This isn't Kansas, Dorothy, it's Nebraska and full of interest and depth. The narrator was wonderful, too, even adding Welsh, in song and spoken, as well as voices and other bits of singing. Fabulous writer and reader!
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I almost gave up on this book. Kallos' first novel, "Broken For You" was a sensitive, intimate story with nuanced characterization and finely-tuned dialogue, so I was looking forward to "Sing Them Home". While reading/listening to this novel, it seemed that Part 1 and Part 2 should have been reversed in order. Part 1 was full of impressionistic scenes, characters without context, story lines that didn't go anywhere. While such techniques are inventive, this does not make for enjoyable listening. I was always rewinding to get the smallest sentence that would clue me in as to what was going on. Plus, all the live Welsh singing was a turnoff - no offense to Welsh musical heritage, it just didn't work in an audiobook. Part 2 was more linear, filled in the gaps, and let the reader know the characters. Finally.
I don't get what is so compelling to writers about this stream-of-consciousness, impressionistic style of writing, but the last 3-4 books I've read have used this technique and it's annoying. I can't give this novel more than a 3, especially considering the added feature that it's written - and read - with a sense of irony and sarcasm, full of caricatures instead of relatable characters.
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