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I read this book on a recommendation from a friend. She is a media specialist and hadn't read the book, but she said it seemed interesting to her. I started reading the hardcover and after initially putting it down, I picked up the audiobook a few months later. This book starts great and started with an interesting conflict right away. The performance of the main character Colleen is well done, and it makes her character relatable.
However, this book then changes perspective to a girl in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials. The speaker during these sections (which seemed to happen all too frequently) tried to have an accent, either British or early American. Either way, it was really obnoxious to listen to because it was so inconsistent. The same words were always said five different ways. Ugh.
The overall book seemed to have a lot happening... until all the action suddenly stopped about halfway through. Nothing seemed to be advancing the story. I finally realized that I only had about an hour left, and still, nothing happened and there was no end in sight as far as tying up loose ends. The ending seems very slapdash and thrown together, and I was left feeling disappointed overall.
As a middle school English teacher, I would have a hard time recommending this to a student. The different points of view seem disjointed, never really connecting in any clear way, and I ended up feeling let down at the end. The audiobook performances were annoying at times, and I would not want to listen to something performed by the same actress. Unfortunately, this book has an original idea, but it was poorly executed.
What did you love best about Conversion?
Quite intriguing and kept my interest to the end.
What did you like best about this story?
It was thought provoking and found myself thinking about the story premise long after I finished listening to it.
What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She brought the story to life with her vocal characterization of each person in Salem Village and Danvers, CT.