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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better direction and production of the reading.
What did you like best about this story?
Accessible, well described, touching and brought to life a whole period of recent history which I remember and am happy to now be able to share with young readers too.It told a harsh and brutal story in a reasoned and thoughtful way for readers of young ages - without changing the reality - an important lesson for young people about the real world.
What didn’t you like about David Baker and Cynthia Bishop ’s performance?
Better directorial choices for the reading. For the most part, the reading was great - well performed for the adult roles.
The children's parts however, were read with exactly the same mock shock and awe tone, regardless of content, and always within an echo chamber effect. I tried to convince myself that it was done to make it clear for children - but I teach 6 year olds who would have found this approach insulting. I had to keep pausing my listening to stop the irritation the reading inspired.
It is a great story which I only persevered with because I am hoping to meet the author soon... shame on you directors, you shouldn't insult your listeners like this, no matter what age.
I have recommended the book with a caveat that it shouldn't be listened to in this format.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Long Walk to Water?
No issues with the editing
Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The book was about adventure and hope and a great example of a young persons perseverance during a
war of genocide.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful