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Yes, the series of narrators is confusing. More on that later. The important thing is that this is a great story, an important story, an amazing story that has been hidden from you. Everyone should read or listen to it. This is a true American crime story, a story full of villains and honest to god heroes. If you loved Boys in the Boat or Unbroken, don't miss this one. It's top notch research and story telling. I couldn't put it down.
Now, about the narration. First, you have Ann Marie Lee reading it. Her enunciation is perfect, but she hasn't got a dramatic bone in her body. I'm sorry Ann Marie. It's like listening to a kindergarten teacher reading Dick and Jane. No character. No drama. What the heck? Next Will Patton comes along.He has read a number of Stephen King books and is a marvelous dramatic reader. He can do the voice of evil really well. The transition is all the more jolting for the listener. From Romper Room to Stephen King. Suddenly you're listening to a totally different book. But you'll want to continue on because the story is that good. At the end there's Danny Campbell -- another fine reader, and another adjustment for the listener. It's a double shame that this story of a conspiracy to murder the Osage tribe and cover up the crime is bungled by Random House Audio. Are they part of the conspiracy too???
I highly recommend this book in spite of Random House's unfortunate production.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The story was okay, and some of it was interesting. Maybe it's because I normally read fiction and took a chance on some non-fiction, but Flowers of a Killer Moon failed to keep my attention at times. I found myself having to back the performance up because I would drift off and think of something else.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending was pretty much a summary of things that had already happened. I didn't really react to the ending.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
There are 3 sections to the book, and a different narrator for each section. Will Patton was good. Danny Campbell was decent, but Anna Marie Lee was not good. She narrates the entire first section of the book, setting the tone for the first half of the novel. While her vocal performance was not all that good, there was also something wrong with the production. It sounded as if a speaker was busted when pronounced certain words. When Will Patton takes over, this problems goes away, and the narration and the book get better for awhile.
Do you think Killers of the Flower Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, I do not. Unless they find some new evidence (and a lot of it), I don't see how there could be or why there would be a follow-up.
Any additional comments?
All in all, this book was average at best, and I probably wouldn't have finished it if Anna Marie Lee narrated the entire novel. On the other hand, if Will Patton had narrated the entire novel, I think it would have been a bit better.
There are many better performances on Audible. This is not one I can recommend.
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