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Recognitions is a great title, and a wonderful read! The ending was awesome and well worth the wait. It's touted as a spiritual book, which is due to the subject of reincarnation, necessary to make the story line fit together. I enjoyed the way Ms Norris developed her story over several time frames, and dealt with autism and historical fiction in an entertaining way. Having an autistic main character of the book thrilled me as well! I have several autistic friends and was encouraged at Ms Norris' respectful and insightful portrayal of him as a responsible man deserving of love! The icing on the cake was hearing Natalie Naudus Bradner's voice doing different characters. It really helped the story come alive for me.
If you could sum up Recognitions in three words, what would they be?
Sad. Hopeful. Thought-provoking.
In general a great book. I had a long 2 hour one-way drive to take--
in order to help one of my sons fix his tractor. So, I logged onto
Audible and did a real quick search and decided on 'Recognitions'
because of the sword on the front cover. I was thinking this was going
to have lots of sword fights and generally gobs of blood and guts.
Instead, what I got was a really captivating story about how our past
lives affect our current ones. So, I was surprised that such a
sensitive book captivated my attention.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Years ago, when I was in the Navy (stationed in the far east) I was
really into: transcendental meditation; personal mantras, spirit
projection, out-of body experiences, etc. So, I was really engrossed
by the book. In fact, it passed, it passed my "got to take a bathroom
break as fast as I can test".
To me, it seems like a 'chick-book', lots of emotion, life issues,
and extremely limited blood and guts. So, it was not what I expected.
Further, I would have not chosen it if I knew what it was about. But,
still I really enjoyed it. Bravo. Next time I take a long trip, I'll
look for either this author or narrator.
Have you listened to any of Natalie Naudus Bradner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The book itself was very disjointed. Jumping from current day New
York, to 1700's France, to 1600's Africa. You would expect that a
recording of such a book would be at least difficult to follow, But,
the narrator did a superb job at switching meters, tones, and accents
to give cue's as to where we were at. I kind of really enjoyed
listening to her quickly establish a place and time, by how formal she
spoke with: meters, tones, accents, etc.. She must have lots of experience
doing this, but I could find another book that she had narrated??
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! I was engrossed in the book. In fact, it passed, it passed my "got to take a bathroom break as fast as I can test".
Any additional comments?
Maybe...... Just maybe...... I was meant to read this book.......