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Where does The Cove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I rank this book among the top 5 I've listened to in the past 2 yrs.
What did you like best about this story?
The haunting and simple prose is remniscent of Carson McCullers' style. Characters are richly developed and you can feel their loneliness and longing. Detailed descriptions of the surroundings bring the settings to life.
What does Merritt Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I was impressed with how fluidly she moved between different voices; seemless transition between male, female, old, and young.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I felt breathless for the last 20 minutes. Surprising ending to the eerie mystery introduced at the beginning. Don't want to add a spoiler alert.
Any additional comments?
Beautifully written prose where backwoods mystery mixes deeply developed & flawed characters with anti-immigrant sentiment from WWI and desire to find a place to fit in. Well worth the credit.
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Would you try another book from Ron Rash and/or Merritt Hicks?
Ron Rash-yes. Merritt Hicks-NO
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Merritt Hicks?
Merritt Hicks' interpretation of western North Carolina dialect was an auditory caricature which signified that she was altogether unfamiliar with the mellifluous, indigenous speech of that area. Her attempt with a German accent was even worse suggesting that she did not receive any coaching in the pronunciation of a foreign alphabet. If The Cove is recorded again, Cynthia Darlow would do an excellent job.
Was The Cove worth the listening time?
Until The Cove is recorded with a different narrator, I would not recommend it.
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