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Having spent summers since my birth on a small Maine coast island similar to Fort Niles, I am very familiar with the lobster wars, and eagerly anticipated listening to this book. But what I found was a monotonous chronology of events which left me completely unengaged. What little personal conversation occurred between the characters often involved a prolonged litany of expletives, as if the author could not think of anything else for them to say. Although the author repeatedly made a point of the very distinct Maine accent, the narrator just didn't capture it. She sounded as much like a Brooklynite as a Maine fisherman. I would think that for an audiobook that emphasizes a local accent it would be important to find a narrator who is able to employ that accent in her reading. While there were a few interesting points in the book, overall it was a huge disappointment.
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This book goes off into rambling and uninteresting histories of two islands off the coast of Maine. Intermittently the family history of the protaganist is told in long, boring detail. Initially you want to know what is going to happen to Ruth Thomas, an educated girl living among ignorant people stuck in the past, but the story goes on too long without engaging the reader. I would not recommend wasting the credits/money.
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