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Using a deceptively simple presentation, Aaron Paul Lazar serves this story of a young Gus LeGarde 11, like a refreshing savory meal. He brings us back to the 60's, a time before the prevalence of electronics and fast food and crazy schedules. The children in this story play and explore and feel their power. They are free in ways our culture has since forgotten.
The plot centers around Gus' coming of age, his crush on a 15 year old girl, watching "To Kill a Mockingbird" with his parents and his subsequent emotions and questions (he asks his parents what rape is), his friendship with German-raised 10 year old twins, the children's adventures in trying to find a terrified young girl they had seen fleeing from a drunken man, mysteries around valuable missing religious artifacts and life at his grandfather's camp.
Aaron's gentle spirit comes through in his writing even with the complex subject matter. It's like he's serving a good meal on a tray and wants to be sure that we will like it.
I read the other reviews and wonder if some of the more critical ones don't miss the point a bit. Can't it be okay to enjoy ourselves wandering through the summer with these children, coming of age with them? I am fairly new to Aaron's writing style and am enjoying the pace with it's richness of sensation and weaving of characters and scenes both those he creates on his own and those he brings in from his past. Who hasn't had a situation, if not exactly the same at least in the same genre, in which he remembers his dad chasing bats around the house in his boxers and then recaptures so delightfully in Tremolo?
Aaron generously gives of himself while he creates a world for us to wander in and around, enjoying adventures with his characters.
Erik Synnestvedt's narration in the audio version of Tremelo is in my opinion, perfect. This is true you see, because it draws attention to the story being narrated and not to Erik himself. Thank you Asron and Erik for this little trip down memory lane. It's like I got, for a moment, to be a child again albeit with some nearly harrowing adventures!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I loved this book so much I gifted it to some friends! It is a great comming of age story that is told through the eyes of a 12 year old, in the 50's. The mystery within the story is gripping and has many twists and turns.It also examins issues of race and acceptance. I loved this book and the naration was perfect for this story.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
There were three distinct story lines in this book, each one enough to keep you listening non stop - multiply by 3 and it is unbeatable.
What about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance did you like?
Erik Synnstvedt managed different voices for all of the characters that were distinct and believeable.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I enjoyed the excitment of the 12 year olds over simple things juxtaposed to the very complex issues of their time and the situation of the missing girl.
Any additional comments?
I did not want this book to be over, just wanted to go on listening forever.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful