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I listened to the Audible version of Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper narrated by Charles Bice. Charles did an admirable job narrating, providing unique voices for all of the characters, and his dialect seemed genuine. The book is touted as a comedy, but I didn't find anything amusing with it. The two main characters are Purvis and Martha who are extremely poor in South Carolina's low country. While their story was Ok, I really didn't enjoy the parts with Brother in it, which seemed out of place and distracted from the main story. In short, Purple Jesus was uninspired and forgettable.
Purple Jesus is a uniquely written tale told from the perspective of three people - Purvis, Martha, and Brother Andrew.
The style of the writing was pretty clever, and I found it different to anything I'd read prior. Each main character had a distinct style and voice, and the narrative would cut from one to the other, sometimes repeating series of events, sometimes just overlapping at the end of the prior to the next character's narrative. I found it flowed very well.
Purvis was a character I really found myself liking. I'd put him as "uneducated" rather than an idiot, like he was continually getting involved in deeper thought, or attempting profound discussions, but just didn't have the "book smarts" or audience for the articulation. I really found him endearing.
The story itself is like a small crazed slice of life of these people and where their lives overlapped, and changed.
The narrator did a fantastic job on all the accents (and there were a LOT). It was always easy to identify characters. I'd like to hear more by this narrator, and by the author!