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Told with Itani's signature power and grace, Tell is both a deeply moving story about the burdens of the past, and a beautifully rendered reminder of how the secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing.
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By Susan Tipton on 04-20-15
Secrets and Slow Recovery
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The book is very slow and for me there was not that 'hook' that makes me want to read on. I listened of course, I wanted to complete the story. I found most of the characters well developed; I found my self imagining Am and Maggie as much older because of the way the narrator pitches his voice- about three-quarters of the way Am mentioned that he was 'almost 50' I thought the old man voice the narrator gave him sounded more like 75. I have to say also that the narrator spoke Kenan's lines as though his jaw was permanently clenched. I found this method of speaking very distracting. I feel like the attempt was to sound like someone depressed but it sounded like someone with his mouth wired shut.Narration is so important in an audible book. The story lines, the voices of other characters was fine, even as I mentioned above he gave Am a very old sounding voice.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I found the patience Tress and other family members and friends gave Kenan was well described. I thought the relationship between Luke and Mags was well done even though Mags sounded more like 60 than her probable age of 40+. I also found the theme of secrets and thoughts tamped down were a good representative of that time- the 20s and that culture.
What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?
Pleasing in the main but he mis-represented his characters who were in their 40s and he over did it with Kenan in his attempt to convey his reticence, his depression and his struggle to 'fit in'. The narrator has a pleasing voice, well paced and enjoyable to listen to except for the issues mentioned above.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No. The book was ruminative and slow and I think the movie would drag.