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I read this because I caught an NPR review of it. It's been a while since I have listened to a book so well written and well-narrated. I thought of Paul Bowles crossed with Patricia Highsmith. The narrator was superb. I would like to hear all of this author read by this narrator.
The only reason I did not give it a 5 is that the story itself was not as powerful as I felt it might be - but getting there was very engaging. To me, an ideal summer read - a compelling story with actual characters. This story is dark - but not near the pitch black of Paul Bowles. I enjoy this author's comfort with portraying the point of view of locals and the visitors/intruders from outside this island, as well as a refugee.
This one captured me.
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I, too, heard about this on NPR, and thought it could be a pretty good read. I found the story boring, the characters one-dimensional, and descriptions average. I had to force myself to listen to the entire book in hopes that something even remotely intriguing would happen. Zzzzzzzz......what a letdown. Looking forward to returning this tiresome story and getting something worthwhile.
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