Excellent writing and narration. Definitely a five star. Complex characters dealing with loss and grief.
This seems the perfect book for the audio format. The use of four actors makes the experience similar to watching a play. I had the printed book to refer to, and I could see some parts that would have been quite confusing in print, but understandable in audio. Listening to this book was an unforgettable experience for me.
This was the most wierdest book I have listened to. No one communicated to the other. The boy was supposedly 9 but seemed older in some parts and so young and silly in others. How he was able to buy a new telephone and not get found out. The fact he spent days with 103yr old Mr. Black and then didn't even worry when he died. An all around wierd story. The 9yr old's grandmother has a baby, his dad, who dies in the World Trade Center and then the father of the son who died returns and is kept a secret until the 9yr old meets him and doesn't connect that it's his grandfather. Why the man didn't speak either is wierd too and spent all his time writing. One wierd story.
Wonderfully read. Highly recommend it as an audio book.
For the first few disks I wondered if I would finish this. I persevered and so should you. The book has a strong endorsement from Salman Rushdie and the audiobook narrators do a fine job. The book is unique in subject matter, in behaviour of the characters, in the way the story is told from
the angles of the different characters, and the way time is handled. The 'hero' is a 9 year old boy, very articulate and gifted but without the reticence
that adults develop. The emotions he experiences following the death of his father at 9/11 are heartrending, and the overall impression one is
left with is the power of love in a family. The author adds to the drama by making the main characters atheists, but in real life, only folk with a belief in and
dependence on the Holy Spirit could have handled such events without damaging levels of stress (in my view).
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