Published by AudioGo on September 10, 2013
Source: Audiobook obtained through Audiobook Jukebox
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
by Ann Hite
Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Ann Hite beckons readers back to the Depression-era South, from the saltwater marshes of Georgia’s coast to the whispering winds of North Carolina’s mystical Black Mountain, in a mesmerizing gothic tale about the dark family secrets that come back to haunt us.
Have you ever fallen in love with a book slowly? Like maybe right away you liked it, but maybe it was a bit different than other books you’ve loved in the past, and maybe it confused you, but then, at some point, you realize that your life is a bit better for having read this book? Well, that’s how The Storycatcher was for me. I listened to the audio and because there are several different character’s povs and the narrative jumps from past to present, to way past back to present, I was a bit confused in the beginning. It didn’t take long to settle into the story and the characters, but I would have liked a copy of the physical book in the beginning so I could have been less confused.
This is a book about ghosts, but it’s also about women and the bonds we make. I loved the connections between the characters, how some are slowly revealed and how others aren’t what they seem at first glance. There were times when I wanted to crawl into the narrative and protect or comfort or confront. It’s a story that will make you feel things.
This is my first Hite book, but I can tell you now that it won’t be my last. All the characters are so real and so vivid- even the ghosts! I love the idea of ghosts having to tell their stories, magical quilts and how intricately everyone’s life was wrapped up in each other. Just a beautiful, haunted story! It makes me want to take up quilting…
The narrator, Allyson Johnson, was new to me, but she did a brilliant job! Because the novel has so many characters, and has characters of different ethnic backgrounds and ages, this could have been horrible in the hands of a so-so narrator. But Johnson is able to give each character a unique voice, handled all the dialect and nuances of them as well. I was very impressed. She’s done quite a lot of audiobook work, and I look forward to listening to her in the future.