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I actually enjoyed the book. It was classic Connolly, with maybe even a bit of Dave Robicheaux's South Louisiana tossed in, for good measure. Not great literature, but a much better than average detective novel.
The real problem was with the narrator. Yes, I know that he made no real attempt to add a serious Louisiana accent, and I can deal with that, since some accents are very tough to get right. Or, in the case of a Scottish accent, if you get it right, the narration is totally unintelligible. The problem is that there were 1/2 dozen words that he completely mispronounced. Since some of them were place names and not just N'Awleans, but when he mispronounces Metarie, Ponchartrain, etc. and they are words/place names that come up repeatedly, it's like fingernails on a chalk board. It should have been basic research to check on those names.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
This boy's need to impress defiles his ability to convince. Like most Irish ( my Irish Catholic Law Professor Father-in-law was testament to the verbosity of the breed) Connolly's deluge of description at times withers the reader. We get it, and would prefer moving along in the plot. If I get lost in lyricism or minutiae, my interest in the story can be obscured. My Grandmother used to say, frequently, that, "Enough is too much". Connolly would do well to heed these words. He is a talented story-teller and his imagination is refreshing in a crowded field. But his work, as fine as it may be, strains to keep interest. His plotting is overly complex and he should get to the point much earlier and save those of us that appreciate his prose an exercise in tolerance.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Was Every Dead Thing worth the listening time?
Nope. Too long. Like taking the 'wrong way'
Any additional comments?
"Every time we praise a literary book for its heft, we contribute to a kind of aesthetic confusion." Anon
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