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Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
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Sep 05, 2008

really liked it
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Read in September, 2008

If I had only "read" this book, I would probably give it only two stars. But I had the rather different experience of listening to parts of it and reading parts of it. It is the story of a Kurdish Muslim family and its interaction with an American Christian family after an earthquake in Turkey. (The clash of cultures is the rather obvious part of the plot, but how that clash is played out is not as obvious) The reader of the audio version gave such an emotion-filled rendition of each of the character's voices that I felt like I knew each one individually and intimately. He could switch from the accented voice of the Muslim father to the teen-age slang of the American son to the anguished voice of the Muslim daughter. The parts that I actually "read" were only "so-so," but they came to life when I imagined hearing the voice of the reader. I would probably not recommend that you read this book, but I would definitely recommend that you listen to this book. And this comes from a person who very much prefers turning the page to turning up the volume.
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message 1: by Terri (new)

Terri Since problems with my eyesight I now listen to audio books. A good narrator is essential & Steven Pacey who reads this audio book is excellent. I sometimes find myself looking to see what he has narrated, this book being one of them. It's now definitely in my 'to read' pile.

Christine I love mark bramhall as a narrator! I must get this one!

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