The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, a review by Tanya

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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev
Dawnie Walton
Narrator Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin, James Langton, Andre De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman

Approx 13 hours
Published Mar 30, 2021 by Simon & Schuster Audio

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One of my first audiobooks was Daisy Jones and the Six and I loved it! The ensemble cast of readers was amazing. The story was fun, engaging and brought me back to the 70’s when I was a kid. I could easily envision this fictional band as a real one (I kept imagining Fleetwood Mac).

I was extra excited to listen to The Final Revival of Opal and Nev which is said to be similar to Daisy Jones but more serious as it also includes racial challenges experienced by some of the characters.

This book was amazing in that the content and quality of the book for a debut author was very impressive. This story will stay with me for a long time as it was very unique.

However, this audiobook felt a little all over the place for me. At first, I didn’t understand that the story revolves around one central occurrence and the story telling leading up to it, while purposefully filling in the back story for the reader, just seemed to drift from one thing to the next in a leisurely fashion. It felt a bit fun, a little bit like a rags to riches story with Opal being the leading lady.

After the event, the story felt more serious, and I really struggled to keep my attention focused on the story. There should have been a lot of emotions coming through the story, but it felt a bit dry and distant to me. I was angry about the event and the serious consequences, but I also felt like I couldn’t connect with the remaining chapters and Sonny finishing her interviews. It seemed there were certain strings of the story that didn’t connect for me or issues that came out of nowhere with no foreshadowing that left me feeling confused. Maybe this writing format didn’t fit will with this story? I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it would have made more sense to me in written format but I really wanted to listen to the full cast.

The narrators were amazing. I will definitely be looking forward to Walton’s next book.

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