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I love this book, and the characters are portrayed beautifully. The narrator’s voice is distracting because he has a very “stagey” radio voice a la Kasey Kasem. Very disappointing they didn’t select someone who has one of the native accents from the region. A real lost opportunity.
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I hope to bring more listeners in with the following review, because this book deserves listeners. There was just one so far when I read it, and it says this was a "missed opportunity." I could not disagree more!
Yes the narrator's voice sounds a little "trained" at first, but that impression fades very quickly. Jonathan Yen is actually a fantastic narrator. He makes the book come alive, and his voice as different characters is amazing--I had to check to make sure there weren't a group of narrators involved as there are from some other audiobooks.
I selected this book and overlooked the one discouraging review because I had just returned from a weekend in New Orleans and went on the most fascinating walking tour of Treme. I wanted to know more. I'm the kind of person who likes to learn deeply from the lives of people--fictional or not--who've lived through something. That this is actually biographical for these nine lives, that they are not fiction, is something I had to recheck a couple times too. It reads so much like fiction. The selection of the nine lives from different strata of New Orleans enriches the learning part of it for me--I have a much deeper understanding of the city and its culture and the effect of Katrina--but the excellent writing was pure pleasure. It builds on these characters lives over decades, so you really get to know them. I highly recommend this book