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The story is based in the future when a mother decides the time has come to inform her adopted son who is about to become a father himself on how he became to be adopted and the family relationships.
Naina Ranjeeva does this through a letter telling the story of the past in present time. She includes the social unrest and political situations of that time. It takes a bit getting used to in the beginning to the back and forth of the present and future but ones you get used to that the book is amazing. The narrator did a wonderful job and the way it was read you could just visualize the feelings and emotions going through Naina as she tries to put this letter together for her son.
This story had me completely hooked. After finishing it I fell like having a good cry. The loss of missed changes was so real that it touches the reader emotionally.
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.
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I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.