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The Lacuna | [Barbara Kingsolver]

The Lacuna

Born in the US and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing mother, Salome. When a violent incident sends him to North Carolina, he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.
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Born in the US and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing mother, Salome. When a violent incident sends him to North Carolina, he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

©2009 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2009 Harper Collins

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    Anthony London, United Kingdom 28/09/2010
    Anthony London, United Kingdom 28/09/2010 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well, I like her voice!"

    Strangely enough, the fact that the writer herself narrated the novel was an attraction for me. She also read one of her earlier novels (Prodigal Summer) herself, and I enjoy her narration very much. Yes, you can tell she's not a professional reader and her evocation of one or two of the characters not perfect, but for me this is more than compensated for when she describes the natural world; flowers, plants, birds, insects, animals, landscapes. And for me her evocation of early twentieth century Mexico was wonderful; the heat, colours, food and people. I find her voice with its gentle Southern US lilt very soothing and enjoyable to listen to. The subject matter itself made for a great story and has made me want to learn more about the relationship between Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and their work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jill Taupo, New Zealand 03/07/2012
    jill Taupo, New Zealand 03/07/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "Bored,Bored,Bored"

    I have no idea if this is a good story.Maybe it is;perhaps I shall read it,as I did Poisonwood Bible-one of my favouite books.But after restarting listening 3 times,I give up.She's a good author,but sadly a boring narrator.Who knows,this could be a good story!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris LondonUnited Kingdom 24/08/2010
    Kris LondonUnited Kingdom 24/08/2010
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    "Terrible Reading"

    I would have loved to have listened to this book, but when I played the sample I quickly realised that this was going be impossible. The author sure can write but she certainly can't read. Please use professional readers in future - when you are about to spend 24hours listening to the same voice it really has to be able to carry the story all the way. Please re-record using an actor and then I'll gladly part with my cash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SALLY SHAD THAMES, United Kingdom 11/12/2011
    SALLY SHAD THAMES, United Kingdom 11/12/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "The Lacuna"

    I absolutely adore this book. I have read it previously with great enjoyment but really appreciated listening to it again. This version is read by Barbara Kingsolver herself. She reads wonderfully and has a very evocative voice ;she makes the characters really come alive. Barbara has a melodious voice and her accent adds to the richness of the listening experience. There is no comparison with versions of her novels that have been read by some one else.I will now only buy Barbara Kingsolver audio books she has read herself. This is fabulous.I have recommended it to my friends

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Dundee, Angus, United Kingdom 11/04/2011
    Jackie Dundee, Angus, United Kingdom 11/04/2011 Member Since 2005
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    "A really good story"

    After initial misgivings about the narration, I became totally absorbed by this book. It is a very good story of some scope and the blending together of fictional and factual characters and events is extremely well handled. Frieda Kahlo has real presence and her real life story is woven into the plot with great skill. All of the characters are well drawn, whether 'real' or invented and I became increasingly convinced by their actions. Historical events take on real resonance, particularly the McCarthy witch trials and the anti Soviet paranoia which gripped America in the 40s and 50s. I even became convinced by the author's reading voice and came to value her straightforward approach. If you enjoy a good, well researched story with strong characters, persevere with this, it pays rewards.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Surrey, United Kingdom 13/11/2011
    Leslie Surrey, United Kingdom 13/11/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad narration...."

    After listening to Poison Wood Bible I could not wait to listen to another book by BK.....how disappointing this listen was. In fact I just can't stand to listen to anymore of this book and I have only listened to the first four chapters...waste of a credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AmyAlice Durham, United Kingdom 05/04/2011
    AmyAlice Durham, United Kingdom 05/04/2011 Member Since 2011

    I read and 'listen' to a wide variety of genres but particularly enjoy crime, historical and contemporary writing.

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    "the lacuna"

    This was only my second audible book. I have read and enjoyed previous books of hers and thought I would try this. I absolutely could not continue with it after listening for about 3 hours. I regretted not listening to the sample and will not make that mistake again as the narration plays a big part in the enjoyment of the story. If you dont mind the narration perhaps the story will work for you however I find the characters unsympathetic and the plot slow and uninteresting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom 28/08/2010
    Heather Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom 28/08/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Unable to finish listening"

    I was enjoying the story however, had to give up listening part way through as the narration was putting me off. The story was involving and the characters interesting so I'm going to have to finish it by reading it in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom 24/08/2010
    Anna Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom 24/08/2010 Member Since 2006
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    "The Lacuna"

    I agree with the earlier review. The poor narration of this book has let the story down. Please use professional readers in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michaela Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom 17/08/2010
    Michaela Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom 17/08/2010 Member Since 2008
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    "The worst narration I heard"

    This story might be great, but the narrator sends you to sleep. Unfortunately the author decided to read the book herself, rather than letting a professional deal with it [false economy!]. The bad narration ruined it for me. Disappointing.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Tanya
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    "Well worth it"

    Barbara Kingsolver is a wonderful story teller. I loved The Poisonwood Bible and I was not let down by The Lacuna. Her characters have such strong voices, and their lives are so vibrantly drawn that they felt real to me and I did not want to stop reading. Many of the characters were in fact real people, cleverly woven with fictional characters through a turbulent time in the history of the world. Barbara Kingsolver reads this book herself, and she is as good as any actor, especially her rendition of Frida Kahlo. The best book I have read in a long time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • R.C.
    Seattle, WA
    04/03/11
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    "beautiful story, wonderfully narrated."

    i enjoyed each moment of this book. it left me thinking about it even in times i was not listening. i also think it was extra special that the author was also the reader in this case. superbly done and superb story telling. i could not have asked for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A beautiful journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a lovely listen. I was enthralled by the story and the narrator did a good job of unobtrusively lifting the story through appropriate and expressive reading.


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    I've read every other book Kingsolver has written and love her work. This was different from them in a number of ways, but retailed the qualities of beautiful storytelling and complex, human stories. I would highly recommend it.

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