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Most of WM's books speak to me, but this one especially. My mother is 77 and going through dementia. One day she is kicking me out of her house, then next she is calling me begging me to come help her. She is paranoid, nothing is her fault and everybody is out to do her wrong. She tells the same stories over and over. She turns her cable tv to stations that don't exist and thinks her tv is broke. Her tv runs 24 hours a day and the volume is always way up. If anything Mosley did not show how bad dementia can be.
I have never meet WM in person, but through his books, I know that he is a warm loving person. No one can write the books he has, the way he has and not be someone special. I don't love all his books, but I have never hated any of them. This book touched my heart several times. In a neighborhood filled with crackheads and thugs, Mosley found two characters of great value. If you have not read Mosley before, I believe this is a good place to start. He writes in several genres and I first found him in Science Fiction. Most of his books are about the human condition of the black man. Yet none of it is preachy and neither is it a put down of all white men.
My favorite Mosley books are Futureland and The Man in My Basement.
Narrator is excellent.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I could not stop listening.
What did you like best about this story?
Even though the topic was about death and illness, the story was about life and living.
Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favorite?
Of course he did Ptolemy perfectly.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I could not stop thinking about it after I completed it. It made me happy.
Any additional comments?
The first couple of chapters are actually hard to listen to. The writer wants us to feel the frustration Ptolemy has with his confusion, and I did. But the action picks up soon, and never stops until the end.
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