Library Ed. Recorded Books 2016
CD ISBN 9781501901706 $92.75 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781501912177 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781501901713 $83.00
While narrator Susan Bennett doesn't quite sound the age of Tawni O'Dell's 50-year-old protagonist, Chief Dove Carnahan, she does capture the backwoods Pennsylvania town where Carnahan finds the remains of a teenage girl who was beaten and set on fire. The girl is a member of a notoriously poor and criminal family, so Carnahan's work is cut out for her-- as is Bennett's. Without going overboard on stereotype, Bennett's narration portrays the individuality of the characters and the various forces working on them--historical, environmental, and socio-economic--as well as their fears, and hopes. O'Dell has written a socially complex thriller, and Bennett delivers each nuance, challenging listeners to look beyond the surface. A solid performance and a great listening experience. J.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2016]
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