When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.
It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.
As he's drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother - and now it's chasing him too.
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"Wonderful historical mystery!"
DM Pulley's second book does not disappoint. Her first book, the historical mystery The Dead Key, came as a complete surprise. The Buried Book is completely different, but just as good. In 1952 nine year old Jasper Leary has seemingly been abandoned by his mother Athea who leaves him with her brother and his family. The novel is about the hardships Jasper faces as he searches for his mother. Luke Daniels narrates brilliantly as did Emily Sutton-Smith with The Dead Key. DM Pulley is an author worth watching. Brilliance Audio deserves credit for their outstanding selection of narrators for her two audiobook novels.
I recommend this book and this author.
"It Was Okay"
I listened to The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley. Although neither book is a literary masterpiece , they were both enjoyable.
I felt a little let down.
Yes. Mr. Daniels gives each character his/her own voice, and he has terrific pace and tempo.
I'd probably watch it on Netflix.
loved it. narrative was done quite well, and made listening quite easy. Not for a weak minded or sheltered personality.
I really liked the way the book was organized . Each chapter asks and answers a question. One of my favorite listens.
"this is a very difficult book to read."
this book captures the idea of a nine-year-old caught in difficulties too great for him to understand. it is hard to read how there are no really good people in this story. except of course for the nine-year-old. I would not recommend this book to anyone under 18 years old. it is it is unremittingly hard to handle. the author has done a great job of showing what a nine-year-old might be like in horrible horrible horrible situations. as a book it fails , but as a character study it is without peer.
"Definitely recommend this book. "
I was hooked from the beginning. The imagery was very solid and the characters well developed. I couldn't put it down.
"Overall it's a good story, although slow build."
I enjoyed the story for the most part. I think it was a bit over the top that a child could survive that much and come out nearly unscathed. Not a book I would highly recommend.
"Could not keep listening"
The dialog was melodramatic, and the performance was like an old Saturday morning cartoon. The story was worthwhile, but it was a sad story The performance misinterpreted the tone for all but two characters. I am glad I am listening for free on Kindle Unlimited and did not pay for this.
good storylline a little drawn out but ok. will read more from this author. the boy goes through a lot glad it turned out ok
"Beautifully written; BRILLIANTLY performed"
totally absorbing listening
The way the author crafted the storyline was imaginative and gave the reader hints without spoiling the surprises. Made it very difficult to stop for little incidentals--like sleeping.
LOVED all the scenes between Jasper and his aunt. Incredibly moving without being at all "sentimental"....understatement can be SO much better than intentional tugging of the heartstrings. But the absolute best was the morning after his first night at the farm, when his aunt has found his wet PJ bottoms hidden under the bed. I loved that woman from that moment on.
The book can stand by itself as an excellent story, realistic and captivating characters who each have a distinct personality and make a real emotional connection with the reader. I think those qualities would shine thru in any format or with any decent narrator. BUT I can't imagine any better experience than ear-readig this great story as performed by Luke Daniels. He brilliantly brings every character to life and draws the listener right into that world.
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