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The Mean is a fantastic story told with a masterful performance! I can't believe how quickly I went through listening to this. I was so wrapped up in this story while listening in my car that I found myself trying to hide my emotions from people sitting in traffic next to me. I shouldn't be surprised, as a big fan of the author's previous novel The Harvard Man.
I would imagine educators everywhere would love this story celebrating the challenges and triumphs of helping young men and women through such an important time in their lives.
And for all of you lovers of fast paced suspense novels like that of Dan Brown, I think there is a lot to check out: in the intriguing mystery/ spiritual story at its core.
A story of really in depth evolved characters is so refreshing. Best friends, action, lovers, cheating spouses, love beyond limits. I really feel like this story has it all.
And the remarkable performance by the author of this story! All of these different characters voices, tone, real emotion, comedy at a breakneck speed. I'm going to have to listen to it again; there is so many great things here to enjoy. The immediacy with which the story is told from start to finish is something I've never experienced this way before in audiobooks.
After finishing the recording I saw that this audiobook is nominated for BEST PERFORMANCE by the author and best performance mystery/ suspense at the Voice Arts Awards this year in NYC!
Check this out, you will be happy you did! And then you'll hope there is a sequel or prequel!
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an outstanding book and wonderful narration of all the various characters by Mr. Long.
reading the book is one thing,
but if you want a true sense of the various characters and their personalities, the audio version is a must.
the audio was superbly done by:
Roy B Yokelson
Mr. Long has created a most interesting story about Central High School High,
located on Long Island, NY.
its a School most of us will feel we've attended.
but there's an underbelly to this that
Mr. Long understands all too well.
the social politics that exist in the teaching community-
from the process of receiving tenure
to entering the elite administration.
Mr. Long very realistically calls these administrators: " the empty suits",
whose goal at all costs is to maintain a non existence.
add to all this : gangs, terrorism,
living, dying, love, interpersonal school relationships, the mafia, sheep and gonging balls, and you have a book that is well worth the read --
and even better, the listening to!
Commack High School
class of 1972
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