An Audiobook Review
HEY! I don't do this very often, but I'm laughing at myself today. I've been making blunders left and right- but I won't let this book review be one of them. Normally I don't post reviews on Thursdays, since I focus on reading and writing, but today was an accident. I didn't mean to post this review today, but what the heck! Let's go with it and share Harry's Trees, by Jon Cohen.
Everybody loves a fairy tale these days. They're told and retold with major variation but they are what they are. But what happens when you get one that is nothing like any of what you've read before, though they carry slight references to ones you've lived with every single day of your life. THEN you discover, as you read, you discover that there's really no fairy tale at all? Well, that's sorta what happens in Harry's Trees.
In this audio review, I'm going to tell you bout a guy who gains a great fortune from a terrible tragedy! He's constantly harassed by a wolf and there's a girl in red in the woods... Sound familiar? Well Harry's Trees is not about Red Riding Hood and there's no granny-eating wolf. But there is a wolf! You'll see.
Harry Crane is a guy down on his luck. He's lost his wife and he can find no joy in his life- no matter where he looks. So he leaves life behind and seeks a solution to his woes. Instead, someone finds him and he's taken on a journey. This journey says that he's part of a story, filling in the gaps with instances of his own life. He has to do particular things to find his ending where everything changes for his happy ending. Can he do it? Is he strong enough? Can he escape the big, bad wolf?
Cohen writes very well but not enough for me to rant and rave about this book. I know I'm a green-horn, so I can't bad mouth the story. What I can say is that there is way too much detail for every single person in this book! Everyone's got a backstory and it's told. I quickly found I was deterred by the telling, due to being over-informed. I found I didn't really care after a while. Some bits to me weren't worth the telling, making the tale drag more than it should have.
Harry's Trees is good, but not enough for me to re-listen to it. I received an advanced reader copy so maybe I can reread it one day, capturing different thoughts at a later date. Check it out for yourself. Cheers!
Published by MIRA June 2018
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