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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The Assembler of Parts, by Dr. Raoul Wientzen, Audible edition narrated by Cassandra Morris.Comparisons to The Lovely Bones are inevitable, however, this tender tale is not an emotional roller coaster. Still, I would not recommend listening while driving and it is a good idea to keep the Kleenex close by. The story is sensitively told without being overly sentimental and the author's characterization skills are excellent.Jessica Mary Jackson is born with Hilgar's Syndrome, a birth defect which leaves her without thumbs and missing bones in her ear canals and forearms. The reader learns immediately that Jessica has died suddenly at age 7 and as the medical mystery is relayed, the Assembler of Parts (God) has Jessica view tapes of her life. As Jess watches her life unfold, we come to know her, as well as her family, friends, and the Drs. who care for Jess from birth. In my opinion, few authors are capable of capturing a young child protagonist so vividly. A first time novelist, Wientzen, is a pediatrician with over 30 years' experience and he has given Jessica Mary Jackson a true and authentic voice. This is a thought-provoking novel about the meaning & joy of living well, and of love, forgiveness, family and friends. Jessica and the reader discover the meaning of her life and that imperfection is often anything but. Highly recommended.
What did you like best about this story?
Capturing the voice of a child is very tricky. Debut author Wientzen has created a true and authentic voice in his protagonist Jessica Mary Jackson.
What about Cassandra Morris’s performance did you like?
Morris does a good job of narrating this novel. I do recommend listening to a sample first.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but necessity required listening to it in several sittings.
Any additional comments?
This is a special book that will stay with you for a long time.
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