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...possessed Harper Audio to make such bad choices in the production of this book? The Possessions seems a very fine adult book, but I can't log beyond four hours of this tween-style narration.
The novel is related in a first person narrative by Edie, a woman in her late 20's who works as a 'body', channeling the dead for loved ones at a place called Elysian. The story (thus far) reminds me of 'The Handmaid's Tale', slowly revealing a dystopian world. Reader Erin Moon relates the story to listeners in a little girl voice and quite competently follows direction to to characterize Edie as a woman-child, stepping all over some well-crafted prose and characterizations. It's so dumbed down, I kept rewinding. "What? wait a minute...". Click.
Of course, Edie may well be an emotional woman-child; I don't know yet, but the language used is not and in this story, the written voice is clearly a character choice. Think about it this way; the bestselling audio version of 'Lolita' is read by the golden-tongued Jeremy Irons as the monstrous Humbert Humbert- would it be a bestseller - or work at all- if read by a grinchy Boris Karloff? This audio production of 'The Possessions' is the most unsuitable production of a book I have heard.
I could return this and get my credit back, but want to inform my fellow listeners of what appears to be an extraordinary novel and suggest you try reading it- perhaps sample it on your kindle.
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Finally, a fresh storyline! Not quite paranormal, but not quite normal either, this story the perfect blend. It's a great story from beginning to end!
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