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What did you like best about The Confluence? What did you like least?
This is the second Puja Guha book that I have listened to and this has the same positives and negatives as the other book (Ahriman). All the characters and locales are well built and are extremely relatable. You listen to their story and you identify with bits n pieces of them. It draws you in and you get invested into the outcome. The story being what it is - a mother' s letter to her adopted son, revealing family history.... is sorta emotional. I was getting a mix of Lion and "How I Met Your Mother" vibes.
And this too is a bit too long. There are elements that I felt didn't quite contribute anything to the main plot. At several places, it went on a tangent that didn't need to be there. The book could've been much shorter and better paced.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narration was very slow. I typically listen to my books at 1.5x. Even then it was slow.
Any additional comments?
I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Spoiler alert? In a nutshell, this was a mother's explanation to her adopted adult son of the whys and hows he came to be adopted and her big reveal that she is his biological . . . first cousin once removed? (second cousin?)? The telling did not require over seven hours, even given that the narration was far too slow (I listened at 1.5 and it was still too slow). There were oddities in the plot: the story starts with an account of the narrator's difficult relationship with her new mother-in-law, and then that part of the story is dropped completely. The story takes place in various locales: Calcutta, somewhere in the U.S., quick mentions of Paris . . . and then for some reason, the author felt it necessary to create a totally fictitious country, East Africa, complete with its own culinary treats. I think the author has some talent for story telling, but major editing would have helped this story enormously. I'm not sorry I listened, but I wouldn't rush to listen to another book by the author or narrator. I requested and received a copy of this audiobook from Audioboom in return for an objective review.