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If you could sum up The Rise & Fall of Great Powers in three words, what would they be?
Fresh but timeless.
What did you like best about this story?
Memorable characters; unusual settings.
Have you listened to any of Penelope Rawlins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I've never heard this narrator before, but she made the story very real to me.
Any additional comments?
If you're still mourning the end of The Goldfinch, this isn't a bad follow up.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Some had suggested it for those who loved the Goldfinch by Donna Tart. In my opinion, while this story developed over the progression of the protagonist's life starting in early adolescence much like the Goldfinch, the unraveling of the characters in Rise and Fall was spellbinding and hard to bear in some parts. May have even shed a tear while riding the bus listening to this non-traditional story. Additionally, there were sever quotes I would stop to highlight in my Kindle so that I could keep them as tokens from a well-written novel.
Worth the length if you like character development and topics on family.
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