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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Economize the story. Felt like ten pounds of potatoes in a five-pound bag.
What was most disappointing about Sara Paretsky’s story?
No wonder was V.I. so exhausted and exhausting in chronicling the roman a clef historical overlay with this narrative of class struggles, confused family org charts and dubious foul deeds. The material from which it was drawn held some interest, but the shuffling of characters resembled more of a game of three-card-monte than a well plotted journey. While I understand the device of the teen Egyptian refugee's dilemma, I wanted to slap Benjy's characterization bow-legged. What an annoying little twerp.
What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hers was a Herculean task to help match the characters voice and personality and emotions with the need to shepherd the reader through the dramatis personae. I think she was able to the task as challenging as it was.
Did Blacklist inspire you to do anything?
I stuck with it as I've read a good many of Paretsky's works (including listening to other audiobooks) and while there were many points I say "this is a hot mess". I was looking for redemption by the book's end. Not terribly satisfying, but did appreciate Sara's earnest effort and cloaked "then and now" comparisons with the HUAC cum Patriot Act's darker underpinnings. She made her points.
Any additional comments?
I hope V.I. was to sleep this one off as it was a dozer for the listener/reader.