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Where does The Vanishing Neighbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of the more important and memorable books in my library. I'll be rereading it from time to time and recommending it to friends.
Who was your favorite character and why?
NA. This is a non-fiction book.
What does Tim Andres Pabon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His reading is clear, listenable, and enhances the text.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, I had an extreme reaction, one of relief. I'm not going crazy. Our community life has changed in profound ways and trying to repair it back to what it was in our most fortunate youth is a waste of effort. The rules of relating to others and society in general have changed. Assumptions that worked in the 1940s when I was being taught how to be a "good neighbor" and function in a community no longer apply. It's a relief to hear this expounded at length and in logical detail from an expert and not just harbor it as a niggling, uncomfortable suspicion. I'm easy now with the understanding that it's no use to agonize over the fate of our valued clubs and organizations, customs and assumptions as we age and young people don't take an interest in what was important to us. They have other ways of appreciating and dealing with the concerns we valued: social service, history and genealogy, even neighborliness. Elders who read this book will find peace of mind as they recognize that "the times, they are a-changin'" and that just may not be a bad thing.