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I'm still trying to figure out what this book has to do with "reconstruction". It didn't follow the premise of its first chapter, in which people who view a crime being committed can't quite remember in exacting detail the specifics of the crime. It may have something to do with the process of "reconstructing" Iraq, but this doesn't take place until well into the second half of the book. I think the best title would have been "Are you the lady?", the line spoken by the unfortunate teenager who kidnaps 4 people inside a suburban London nursery school. Overall, I liked the book, and the author is very clever with some of his wordplay. The characters are believable, and you care about them. You even know some of them from your own personal life, like Judy, the angry frump who sees the whole world as being out to make her life miserable. The narrator did a nice job of lending individual substance and voicing to make each character come alive, though her veddy English accent was hard to decipher sometimes. I can see some people buying this book expecting it to be about something other than what it really is - a nice modern day, softball spy novel, sort of what you'd get if Tom Clancy meets Janet Evanovich - and being disapponted.
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What made the experience of listening to Reconstruction the most enjoyable?
The story builds slowly in a mundane setting. It doesn't hit you over the head with car chases and standoffs. It deals with ordinary people, with mundane concerns and delivers a series of twists as the layers are peeled back.
Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Anna Bentinck reading Mick Herron is about as good as it gets.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I have listened to it many times since.
Any additional comments?
Listen to it. Let the story take over and be patient. It feels like nothing is happening at the beginning.