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What did you love best about The Girl in the Road?
That the story exploded at the end. That this piece of genius was written by a woman. That I still think about it days after finishing the listen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
None. At first, I didn't know there were two main characters. Their names are too similar for me. I was just confused. And none of them are people you'd want to spend an afternoon with.
Have you listened to any of Dioni Collins and Nazneen Contractor ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The narration is all the way excellent but this is a trick question. I don't see that either have performances on audible other than this one.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I didn't like listening to a lot of it. I was confused; did not like the lesbian scenes; hard to struggle to keep up at all. But at the end ... I am so proud of this author. I think maybe reading it would be less confusing than listening. I think I will read it one day. BUT these narrators could not have been better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The Girl in the Road is unlike anything I have read or listened to in recent memory. This is not an easy-breeze beach book—it’s a novel that takes work but the pay-off is well worth the effort. The beginning is disorienting but beautiful, so I pushed through soaking in the lush language and becoming acquainted with the foreign and futuristic world author Monica Byrne has created. There are two storylines—Meena’s takes place in an India of the future with her journey taking her to Ethiopia, and Mariama’s quest brings her across Saharan Africa at a completely different historical time. Byrne has conjured up a thoroughly unique blend literary fiction and science fiction with gadgets and scientific achievements not yet discovered but oddly imaginable. The Girl in the Road explores, illuminates, and challenges our understanding of culture, sexuality, spirituality, and the environment. It's not at all preachy, but it’s also completely unapologetic. While this book won’t appeal to everyone, is undoubtedly an impressive debut from an author I can’t wait to hear more from.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful