“Barbara M said:
Jackson does not disappoint! I listened to the audio edition and she was the reader. She did great! Not all authors can do their own audio, Jackson and Gaiman are two that do great and I thought Kingsolver reading of Prodigal Summer was also very good.
Jackson has wonderful, if flawed, characters that you can love or hate or even hate but learn to like (if not love). Rose Mae Lolly was abandoned by her mother and abused by her father. She ran away from home and remade herself when she met and married Thom Grandee - she became Ro Grandee. Unfortunately Thom, though he claimed to love her, also abuses her - badly. At the very beginning, she describes meeting a fortune-teller who tells her, she either kills him or he will kill her. Ro/Rose is certainly flawed but you love her and worry about her. She makes some very bad decisions and sometimes seems headed down the wrong road but pulls herself back.
The story moves along at a good pace. There's plenty of tension to move it along too. At one point, I was holding my breath! Sometimes you just don't understand what she's doing, she is really heading for trouble when she sidetracks to Cadillac Ranch on a whim. Then she reveals the reason and it's even more unbelievable. The saints themselves are a bit of an odd addition but Jackson can do odd.
At the end of the recording, there is a reading of a good bit of Gods of Alabama. The two books have a connection and it made me wonder which book came first. There is a scene in this excerpt that is the same scene from a different POV from Saints. I read Gods quite a while ago but now I just want to re-read or listen to it again! Saints was written in 2010 and Gods was written in '05. I don't re-read, there is too much that I haven't read yet but I think I'll probably cave on this one!”