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I really wanted to love this story of fiction about real people and at first I thought that it was going to be a great. Then, very quickly, I started to notice that the forceful, over the top narration was distracting me from the writing. I was overpowered by the voices and my mind wandered from what the narrator was saying to how she was saying it. I could not follow and enjoy the story. It was so strange. I think the only way I will be able to get past chapter three is if I read the book in print. In a way the book felt like it was for the young adult audience. Maybe that was just because the narration sounded so juvenile. Giving up.
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Would you try another book from Paula McLain and/or Carrington MacDuffie?
I would not try another book by either McLain or MacDuffie. The narrator definitely ruined the story for me and I wasn't very impressed in the first place with the strength of the writing.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator's style was very much like a parent reading a fairy tale to a toddler. It was horrible. She made the character's dialogue sound like high school drama students. This was especially disappointing considering one of the main characters is Ernest Hemingway!
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