Seven-year-old Calley Dakin is daddy's little girl, but her well-born mother persists in her contempt for the Dakin name. When her daddy is tortured and murdered by two women with no discernible motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There, another woman awaits their presence, a woman who knows what Calley is and who seeks to control her. For Calley is no ordinary little girl.
©2006 Michael McDowell; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[A] lightly supernatural confection....King completes it beautifully as to tone, aura, and flavor, and it's funny and intriguing, magnetically readable." (Booklist)
"A mix of magic realism and Southern gothic, this stunning collaboration moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through black water." (Publishers Weekly)
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This is more than just the charming coming of age story of a slightly different southern girl named Calliope. I set out listening to it as though Ms. King & Mr. McDowell were relating a story of a sweet girl, her society mother and dominant grandmother. But it's much more.
I had to go back to the beginning and listen to parts again. I had forgotten critical details in the little vignettes about Calliope's childhood that turned into important points later on.
The story itself, is very good. You'll find yourself rooting for Callie, as she develops into a woman, much to the chagrin of her mother and the manipulative souls around her, but the mystery buried within is what the book is all about.
So, pay attention to the details and you will enjoy the book that much more.
At the beginning I thought of fast forwarding. Glad I didn't there was one spot where I said "Oh Yeah" this is going to be great. And I wasn't wrong. Strong story line with well developed characters. Subtle is how I would characterize this amazing novel. If you like supernateral tales then this one is for you. Mother and daughter relationship is somewhat humerous. Not funny ha ha though. Coming of age is also an important theme. All in all this book is an enjoyable and rewarding listen. Finally I must say that the Narrator could not have added more flavor to this delicious tale. It basically has a Southern backdrop with a little girl able to communicate with dead people.
"Great Story, EXCELLENT narrator!"
I found this book to be riveting. I loved the story line and the narrator, Carrington MacDuffe, took me 'there' with her superb southern accent. I was spellbound. But, I have to admit, that I was a little disappointed in the ending. But, overall, it was still an excellent adventure.
"Two different stories that didn't blend"
The start of the book was so promising. Then the second half was a different story with somewhat similar characters. The southern charm of the first half was definitely out of the second part. And the second part droned on: chapters that didn't move the story along and boring characters bits, rubbing mamma's feet as a teenager?!! The supernatural part was introduced in the second part and not interesting. I do not recommend this :( However the narrator was excellent...the story was dull as a butter knife.
"What a waste of time!"
Read the few chapters and the epilogue, that will tell you the story without wasting your time. Very little happens in the rest of the book.
"Dragged on and on"
I loved the detail in this book and I thought the writing was good. The problem is it dragged on and on without much happening. The ending was very anticlimactic as well. I felt that they left many things unexplained and the way the ending was wrapped up it almost felt like an afterthought.
I loved it.......
"So bad it's good?"
I must say that this was the second worst book I've ever purchased from Audible. I've started listening to it twice and have finally made it past the first half. The author has broken just about every rule for writing a meaningful and interesting story. Most authors learn quickly that writing in the 'first person' is seldom successful. If the book has any direction, or plot, it is not noticable. As an author myself, I always try to seek what the writer is trying to say, and where the storyline is headed. That should become apparent early on in the story. In this case it has not.
"A bit of a letdown"
The narrator is top-notch, and suits the ambience of the book very well. The story is interesting, but once it was finished I found myself rather disappointed and unsatisfied. The ending seemed rather contrived, and just did not seem worthy of how the story began.
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