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What did you love best about Tones of Home?
What other book might you compare Tones of Home to and why?
Richard Laymon because of the violence and interesting characters.
What does Jared Pike bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His voices really helped to discern characters.
Any additional comments?
"Tones of Home" is a novella about a college-age engaged couple going home to meet the future-wife's parents. Maurice and Ashley are meeting "Daddy" in a "redneck"-y all-white bar. Oh, the catch? Maurice is a black man. Within minutes, a bar-fight ensues. "Daddy" breaks it up, and Maurice meets his future father-in-law for the first time... and then the twists begin...
At the start, the story plays on the reader's own ideas of racism, and it plays with your ideas of what will happen next. Yes, there are some stereotypes... or are there? The book keeps you guessing, but let me give you a bit of advice: Don't guess. Just go with the ride. I guessed a lot, and it just distracted me.
The reader of the audiobook works well-enough. When he started out, I almost felt like I was listening to a children's book. But that feeling went away by chapter 3. I think it was his higher voice for the female characters.
The book is a novella (about 3 hours of reading time...give-or-take). But the size is right for the story. There isn't any filler...
..Unless you call castration, blood, and gore "filler." That's right, this book is full of extreme gore after the first 6 chapters. Including: A person getting-off on their torture of others, exposed spines, sickly crunches, machete slicings, shotguns blasting people to pieces, etc...
If you hate books with intricate descriptions of killing and torture, don't get this book! It is NOT for everyone. I felt plenty of sickness during the tumultuous ride of "Tones of Home."
Fun bit: the chapter titles are all songs by The Beatles... and there is a reason for this. Also, the paperback has a Beatles-like picture on the front.
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