Alex McKenna's performance of Tallent's disturbing debut novel is likely to incite goose bumps and nightmares. Fourteen-year-old Turtle is being raised by her mentally unstable and abusive father, a survivalist. Through her impassioned delivery, McKenna convinces listeners of the strength of Turtle's love for the man who mistreats her as well as the disdain she harbors for herself. Equally persuasive is Turtle's gradual overcoming of internal conflict as her grandfather, a teacher, and a friend counter the negative influence of her dad and show Turtle her potential, which is ultimately put to the test. The story doesn't skimp on graphic detail, and McKenna never shies away from it, so some listeners may struggle to finish, but those who do will experience a dynamic, admirable young character. J.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2017]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9780525497905 $50.00 Thirteen CDs
DD ISBN 9780525497912 $25.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2017
CD ISBN 9780525497929 $50.00 Thirteen CDs
DD ISBN 9780525497936 $95.00
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