"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career - working public relations for the dean - takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on the campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school’s founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man"), would become an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day - and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, and seen by some as almost supernatural, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no listener can anticipate.
With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.
©2013 Matthew Guinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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I could not get into this. There was some jumping around in time that caught me by surprise. There were no characters I could identify with or care about. I believe I got this at one of those spur of the moment sales, where after buying a book, they offer me a group of books, in which to purchase one. Once I leave the page, I can't go back. I bought it almost a year ago and I believe I thought it was a different genre.
Narrator is a bit slow, but okay.
"On sale book ended up being great!!!"
What a great find! Murder mystery and mayhem with a touch of Deep South politics! What could be better!! Great!
"not my cup of tea"
I kept waiting to find out where this story was going - why I was supposed to want to keep listening. That never really happened. It was underwhelming to say the most. It was also really gruesome without purpose. The narration was mostly good but voices were inconsistent. I would never suggest someone listen to or read this book. What a waste.
With a handful of days stretching out before me until my next credit, I purchased this book on sale. Hoping for something at least moderately interesting and well enough written that I wouldn't turn it off in frustration, I pressed play. I'm so glad that I did. What a terrific listen. Although there were a few noticeable bumps, overall this book just sang with beautiful writing. I'm off to see what else Mr. Guinn has written, my mind still mulling over much of this intriguing story.
"Phenomenal writing and narration"
So glad to have come across this book;!ill definitely be seeking out more books by Matthew Guinness. And the narration was excellent. A
"not worth the time"
I couldn't make it through this one. The narrative was incoherent and weird, I couldn't get or get into the story, couldn't engage with any of the characters or track where the dramatic tension was supposed to be. Deleted without finishing it. Better luck to other readers, though!
Will listen to the book again Present and past done well. Reminds me a bit of Jo Nedbo's THR RED BREAST. Which is best book ever mixing past and present
I listened to this book in the background as I did other things, so yes. To have taken the time to read it sans actually getting stuff done, it would not have been. But I do admit, I stayed up an extra hour to get to the ending, so obviously it caught me in the end.
Meh. Not as shocking as the blurb insinuated. I was proud of the MC at the end.
No. But he was a good narrator.
I didn't go into this looking for great literature, but as something to play as I did other things with my life (cleaning, laundry, etc.). So it was good for that. I got a little mixed up as to who all the characters were, but again, I was not listening with my full attention. When I DID listen with my full attention, I found an interesting story that was not as shocking as the blurb would have me believe, in that the way was paved early on and nothing was unpredictable, except the second-to-last thing, which was unrealistic, but awesome! I found the slave character to be a bit stereotypical.
"A window into a possible hidden history"
Realistic view of history. Most interesting secrets. Loved to hear names of my state's places.
What I really enjoyed was only the first 20% that lead me to read on. The remainder really lacked in suspense & was very predictable.
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