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I am a big fan of Mark A Roeder’s novels and have bought all of them on my Kindle and all the ones that have come out in audio book form too.
There have been some stories that I have liked less than others, but in the main I enjoy each and every one of his books.
The great thing about listening to audio books for me is that they really help eat up the miles on a long car journey and help time pass more enjoyably when stuck in traffic.
The problem I had with this book is not the story. In fact I really enjoyed it when I read it. My issue is with the narration. It was awful. Really, really awful. The long monotone just went on and on, I don’t think the narrator had ever encountered a comma or full stop before. There was no variation in the tone of his voice between the narration of the story to the characters speaking with each other.
It was so bad that I have been unable to listen to the book while driving as I feared it may put me to sleep.
I don’t know how writers go about auditioning for performers of their books, nor how much creative input that they have with the audio book, but I would imagine that it would be quite a lot. If I were Mark I’d make more careful selections of narrators of his books as if this had been my first listen to one of his books I wouldn’t be inclined to try any others.
If I wasn’t such a fan of the author I would have asked Audible for a refund.
The performance was uncomfortably bad. . The story was typical Roeder, nothing new but the year.
A surprising book from my favorite YA author because he goes back in time to 1942. Our boys can't join the army because one is hearing impaired and the other is the last surviving male in his family. It will be over a quarter of a century before the Stonewall riots and far longer until now when gay marriage is legal. Being 'out' in the 1940s could land you in jail or a insane asylum because being homosexual is considered a mental illness.
Who else but Mark Roeder would Prof. Kinsey in a love story between two college students? Our MC starts working for Kinsey doing the research that eventually would lead to the Kinsey Scale and scientific acceptance people aren't strictly gay or straight but have variations in between.
Our MC comes from away on as farm in a tiny town and at Indiana University first meets a negro. He had only known the discrimination and ugly hatred of people of color who he is told are lazy and useless. He discovers in meeting then making a negro friend that all he was told were lies. He sets out to work to remove as many discriminatory practices from the University and the town. Discrimination is so ubiquitous that our MC and his new friend can't even find a place where they can eat together both in town and at Indiana U.
These two subjects, suppression of human rights and the inequality given to gays and blacks, link nicely. Mr. Roeder has given us a thoughtful book that is also very enjoyable to read.
The only negative for this otherwise top notch YA story is that I'm not pleased with the narration.